Search Results: "Diana Wynne Jones"


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THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Aileen says of one of her friends, '[w]e stay awhile with each other, then part.' If that's all we get, we can be grateful for the while we have. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The fates of four countries hang in the balance, and only an apprentice magicworker can save the day. Read full book review >

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THE GAME by Diana Wynne Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"Plenty of glitter and flash, but hardly indispensable. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A fantasy novella kindles a sizzling premise that fails to catch fire. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and over the top, but a delicious romp. (Fantasy. YA)"
In a stand-alone companion to Deep Secret (1999), Jones takes the kitchen-sink approach to plotting a gloriously twisty adventure. Read full book review >

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A SUDDEN WILD MAGIC by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Refreshingly inventive, full of wonderful characters and incidents—and a chuckle on almost every page."
Readers who've looked into Jones's YA fiction (Castle in the Air, etc.) know her easy way of moving between the fantastic and the everyday, her dry sense of humor, and her refusal to be straitjacketed by formula. Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 1988

"Jones adds, 'Like everything he said, this was full of other meaning')."
An incredibly inventive fantasist inundates the reader with a cascade of magic, so artfully deployed that it never threatens to weigh down her buoyant story. Read full book review >

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WITCH'S BUSINESS by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 1, 1974

"Nothing subtle, but as easy as abracadabra."
This neat bit of business begins when Jess and Frank decide to earn some pocket money by contracting themselves out to people in need of revenge and find that their new enterprise, advertised as Own Back, Ltd., is in direct competition with the local witch. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Great work from one of the best modern fantasy authors; too bad none are new. (Fiction. 10+)"
This eclectic collection of previously published stories will delight existing fans and win new ones. Read full book review >

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HEXWOOD by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 1, 1994

In Jones's latest multilayered fantasy, Earth — unbeknownst to its inhabitants — is a minor planet manipulated from distant Homeworld by an oligarchy of five Reigners, who exploit the entire galaxy for economic gain. Read full book review >

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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 14, 1986

"Great fun."
Sophie is caught between a powerful witch and wizard who are terrorizing the magical land of Ingary. Read full book review >

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WITCH WEEK by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 20, 1982

"And so the whole business is negated in a pouf of Guy Fawkes smoke—but it's larkish fun while the sparks fly."
This latest entry in Jones' Chrestomanci series posits the surfacing of young witches in the closed, confined world of a traditional (though co-ed) boarding school, in a time after witchcraft has been stamped out but inquisitors are still afoot. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 21, 1980

"However, the absence of moral, intellectual, or (especially) emotional grounding might be an impediment to reader engagement."
Jones sets this in the ununified Italy of a world "parallel to ours, where magic is as normal as mathematics, and things are generally more old-fashioned"—and she directs it like a manic opera, as the varied but uniformly voluble members of the closely-knit extended Montana family cope in frenetic counterpoint with one crisis after another. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 27, 1978

"And the revelation that the enigmatic Chrestomanci is a 'government employee,' charged with keeping other witches in check so they don't muck up the world (this in a world where only the rich have cars), is both disappointingly tame and disturbingly paternalistic."
Younger brother of a talented witch, Cat seems to be the only guy on the block—and, later, the only resident of the strange castle to which the two orphaned children are transported—who can't do magic. Read full book review >