Search Results: "Diana Wynne Jones"


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DOGSBODY by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Feb. 28, 1977

"But the cosmic trappings are merely ridiculous."
When the dog star Sirius is falsely convicted of murdering a luminary, Polaris sentences him to a real dog's life on earth, where he becomes the pet of mistreated little Kathleen—and there's much well-staged action in their run-ins with the family she lives with and in Sirius' rocky road to accommodation with their cats. Read full book review >

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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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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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CART AND CWIDDER by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: March 9, 1977

"But for those who prefer their adventures in imaginary realms, Jones' distinct personalities, agile plotting, and unobtrusive telling will more than suffice."
Where would juvenile fantasy be without stringed instruments? Read full book review >

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DEEP SECRET by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"An orchestrated riot, with tangled plots, bizarre doings, headlong pace, and foaming wit."
Belated US appearance for this 1997 fantasy from the England resident author of A Sudden Wild Magic (1992). 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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EIGHT DAYS OF LUKE by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Sept. 15, 1988

"Less persistent readers may find the disguised deities—even with the help of an explanatory afterword—more of a puzzle than they are prepared to work out; but even without their added dimension (Loki and Woden, tree to character, are intriguingly ambivalent), there's plenty of action, humor, and suspense to enjoy here."
First published in Britain in 1975, this early novel by a popular author of fantasy (The Lives of Christopher Chant, p. 619/C-97) is published here for the first time. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTED GLASS by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Too bad much of the humor comes from cheap fat jokes, classism and jibes about the cognitively disabled; the mean-spirited moments mar an otherwise playful frolic. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Wynne Jones's inimitable style showcases a multi-generational cast of heroes and a chaotic finale at the village fête. 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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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 >