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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THE PINHOE EGG by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This chaotic adventure, full of familiar characters, will delight old and new fans alike. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Another joyful romp in Jones's Chrestomanci universe. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The intriguing introduction illuminates the author's methodology, including a written admission that she finds ideas everywhere, even in typos. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A variety of stories from Jones'some of which have appeared in other volumes in the US and/or the UK—have been newly gathered into this offering, certain to lure fans of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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THE TIME OF THE GHOST by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gripping moments, yes, but on the whole disappointing. (Fiction. 10+)"
A strange and confusing book, first published in 1981 in England, about a disembodied spirit who isn't sure if she's a ghost, or even whose ghost she is. Read full book review >

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CASTLE IN THE AIR by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: April 26, 1991

"A bewitching romp, gratifying to mind, imagination, and funny bone."
In a sequel to the ebulliently inventive Howl's Moving Castle (1986), a wicked djinn (with the aid of his more benevolent brother, whom he's managed to enthrall) has captured more than a hundred princesses in the hope of wedding them all. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF TIME CITY by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 21, 1987

"In all, a spirited, funny, and entertaining story."
Eleven-year-old Vivian, kidnapped to far-distant future Time City by mistake, proves to be one of the City's saviors. Read full book review >

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DROWNED AMMET by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 10, 1978

"A well-wrought adventure, in any case."
This is set in the repressive South of Dalemark, scene of Jones' Cart and Cwiddr (1977), and though it features all new characters, it leaves no doubt that we'll be meeting this lot again. Read full book review >