The Dalemark Quartet Books In Publication Order
- Cart and Cwidder (1975)
- Drowned Ammet (1977)
- The Spellcoats (1979)
- The Crown of Dalemark (1993)
MagicQuest Books In Publication Order
- The Throme of the Erril of Sherill (By:Patricia A. McKillip) (1973)
- Power of Three (1976)
- Tulku (By:Peter Dickinson) (1979)
- The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
Chrestomanci Books In Publication Order
- Charmed Life (1977)
- The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
- Witch Week (By:Tim Stevens) (1982)
- The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
- Conrad’s Fate (2005)
- The Pinhoe Egg (2006)
Chrestomanci Collections In Publication Order
- Mixed Magics: Four Tales of Chrestomanci (2000)
Howl’s Castle Books In Publication Order
- Howl’s Moving Castle (1986)
- Castle in the Air (1990)
- House of Many Ways (2008)
Magids Books In Publication Order
- Deep Secret (1997)
- The Merlin Conspiracy (By:David Wyatt) (2003)
Derkholm Books In Publication Order
- Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998)
- Year of the Griffin (2000)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Changeover (1970)
- Wilkins’ Tooth / Witch’s Business (1973)
- The Ogre Downstairs (1974)
- Dogsbody (1975)
- Eight Days of Luke (1975)
- The Four Grannies (1980)
- The Time of the Ghost (1981)
- The Homeward Bounders (1981)
- Archer’s Goon (1984)
- Fire and Hemlock (1985)
- A Tale of Time City (1987)
- Chair Person (1989)
- Wild Robert (1989)
- Aunt Maria / Black Maria (1991)
- A Sudden Wild Magic (1992)
- Everard’s Ride (1995)
- Puss in Boots (1999)
- Stealer of Souls (2000)
- Enna Hittims (2006)
- The Game (2007)
- Enchanted Glass (2010)
- Earwig and the Witch (2011)
- The Islands of Chaldea (With: ) (2014)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories (1984)
- Stopping for a Spell (1993)
- Minor Arcana (1996)
- Believing Is Seeing (1999)
- Unexpected Magic (2002)
- Vile Visitors (2012)
Picture Books In Publication Order
- Who Got Rid of Angus Flint? (1978)
- Yes Dear (1992)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Skiver’s Guide (1984)
- The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996)
- Reflections (2012)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Arrows Of Eros (1989)
- Hidden Turnings (1989)
- Fantasy Stories (1994)
- Spellbound (1995)
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Diana Wynne Jones Books Overview
Cart and Cwidder is the first in the best selling Dalemark Quartet of books and tells the story of Moril and his brother and sister who are travelling musicians journeying through Dalemark, until one day they pick up a mysterious passenger. Somehow Moril’s family and the stranger are becoming bound together in terror, flight, and music. BLDiana Wynne Jones is recognized as being one of the most outstanding writers of fantasy in recent times. BLThe Dalemark Quartet books are for good readers who have enjoyed the Christopher Chant books by the same author. The books contain the same ability to immerse the reader with real child characters having magical adventures in an imaginary world. BLThis genre of fantasy writing is currently very popular due to the success of the recent ‘Lord of the Rings’ film. BLDiana Wynne Jones has won the Guardian Award for fiction and has written over twenty novels in less than twenty years.
Drowned Ammet is the story of Mitt, a boy who joins a band of Freedom Fighters in a bid to try and crush the tyrranical ruler of Holand, and at the same time, to get revenge on the people who killed his father. BLDiana Wynne Jones is recognized as being one of the most outstanding writers of fantasy in recent times. BLThe Dalemark Quartet books are for good readers who have enjoyed the Christopher Chant books by the same author. The books contain the same ability to immerse the reader with real child characters having magical adventures in an imaginary world. BLThis genre of fantasy writing is currently very popular due to the success of the recent ‘Lord of the Rings’ film. BLDiana Wynne Jones has won the Guardian award for fiction and has written over twenty novels in less than twenty years.
The first three volumes of Diana Wynne Jones’s quartet of novels about the mythical kingdom of Dalemark were originally published in this country in the 1970s and soon earned lasting popularity. The Spellcoats, the third of the Dalemark books, is a prequel to Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet. Tanaqui and her family have always known they are somewhat different from the other villagers of Shelling. But when the great floods come and they are driven from the village, they begin to see the part they must play in the destiny of the land. As Tanaqui weaves the story of their frightening journey to the sea, and of the terrifying, powerful evil of the mage Kankredin, she realizes the desperate need to understand the meaning of it all. Can she fit the pieces of the puzzle together in time to stop Kankredin’s destructive power?Here is a welcome look back to the early clays in the everfascinating chronicle of Dalemark.
When this long awaited final book of Diana Wynne Jones’s celebrated quartet of novels about the mythical kingdom ofDalemark was published in 1995, it earned the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature. The Crown of Dalemark continues the adventures of Mitt after his flight from Holand as a fugitive accused of attempted murder. Since his arrival in the North of Dalemark, Mitt has become disillusioned. The North seems no more free than the South from which he came. And now he has been given an order to kill someone he doesn’t even know, or else risk the lives of his friends. Forced once more to flee, Mitt is joined by Moril, the quietly powerful musician, and Maewen, out of her time but mysteriously fated to play a part in their quest. For the evil powers of the mage Kankredin are re assembling, and only the Adon’s gifts the ring, sword, and cup can reunite Dalemark. With consummate artistry Diana Wynne Jones puts all the pieces in place in this suspenseful, fascinating conclusion to the story of Dalemark. A comprehensive guide to Dalemark’s people, places, customs, and major events is included.
A knight goes in quest of the non existent throme of the Erril of Sherill since the king will not allow his daughter to marry without it.
Though the Moor is enchantingly beautiful, it holds great perils for the people who inhabit it. Powerful Giants, with extraordinary magical machines, clumsily roam the land, while silent Dorig, who possess devious shape shifting abilities, terrify anyone unlucky enough to happen upon them. The leader of Garholt has three children who know well the precautions that must be taken to avoid Giants and Dorig. Armed with their unique psychic Gifts, two of the children have fewer fears than most people who dare to venture into the open. But Gair, the middle child, is convinced that he has no Gift and is ordinary. He knows only that he must escape the constant taunting and bullying of his cruel cousin Ondo, and he is willing to risk confronting even Giants and Dorig in order to do so. This eerily captivating tale, told with logic and total credibility by the masterful Diana Wynne Jones, will hold readers spellbound until the very last of the many secrets of this semi mythical world are revealed.
When his father’s Mission is destroyed and his father killed, thirteen year old Theodore must flee the Chinese rebels of the Boxer uprising who killed his father and enter Tibet. H.
In the worlds of Chrestomanci, anything can happen. This adventure takes place in the Italian Dukedom of Caprona, where spells are as slippery and as tricksy as spaghetti! Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in the Dukedom of Caprona, watched over by its magnificent guardian statue, the Angel. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. Then young Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi disappear. Could the terrible rumours of a White Devil who threatens Caprona be true after all?
A bewitching comic fantasy by a master of the supernaturalCat doesn’t mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.’Altogether a delightful book.’ Times Literary Supplement.’The concept is ingenious.’ The Horn Book.
There are good witches and bad witches, but the law says that all witches must be burned at the stake. So when an anonymous note warns, ‘Someone in this class is a witch,’ the students in 6B are nervous especially the boy who’s just discovered that he can cast spells and the girl who was named after the most famous witch of all.’Witch Week’ features the debonair enchanter Chrestomanci, who also appears in ‘Charmed Life, The Magicians of Caprona,’ and ‘The Lives of Christopber Chant.’Someone in the class is a witch. At least so the anonymous note says. Everyone is only too eager to prove it is someone else because in this society, witches are burned at the stake.
His father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams. Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvelous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres. Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams. Others begin to recognize the extent of his powers, and they issue an order that turns Christopher’s life upside down: Go to Chrestomanci Castle to train to be the controller of all the world’s magic. The Lives of Christopher Chant is the adventure filled story of the boyhood of Chretomanci, the famous magician who also appears in Charmed Life, Witch Week, and The Magicians of Caprona.’A Born storyteller weaves her own brand of magic.’ The Horn Book starred review’A cracking good story.’ ALA Booklist
‘Unless you put right what you did wrong in your previous life and put it right now you are going to be horribly and painfully dead before the year’s out.’ Someone at the mysterious Stallery Mansion is pulling the possibilities. At first only small details change the color of the mailboxes, the titles of books but the changes keep getting bigger and bigger. It’s up to Conrad Tesdinic, a twelve year old with truly terrible karma, to find the person behind it all. Armed with his camera and a sticky cork that can summon an eerie being called a Walker, Conrad infiltrates the staff at Stallery. And he’s not the only one snooping around the mansion. His fellow servant in training charming, confident Christopher Chant is searching for his friend Millie, who’s lost in one of the possibilities. Christopher always seems to have a trick up his sleeve. To find the person behind all the mischief and to rescue Millie, the two boys have to work together. Can they keep Conrad’s Fate from catching up to them?
Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe have discovered something exciting something truly precious, very strange, and valuable. An egg.
An egg that has been hidden away in an attic for who knows how many years. An egg protected by some strong Don’t Notice spells. An egg that Marianne gives to Cat, even though he lives at nearby Chrestomanci Castle. Chrestomanci himself, the strongest enchanter in the world, is sure to be interested in the egg and interference from the Big Man is the last thing Marianne’s family of secret rogue witches wants.
But how much longer can the Pinhoes keep their secrets? Gammer, the leader of the clan, has gone mad, a powerful bad luck spell is wreaking havoc, and there’s an unexplained plague of frogs. Not to mention the mysterious barrier Cat finds in the forest.
Marianne and Cat may be the only two who can set things right. But first Marianne must accept her own powerful magic, and Cat must uncover the secrets behind the mystical Pinhoe Egg.
In this new Chrestomanci book, Diana Wynne Jones is at her most magical.
Dapper, debonair, and wise, the great enchanter Chrestomanci has nine lives and a strong personality as well as strong magic. That personality reverberates in each of these four dazzling stories.A warlock tries to escape Chrestomanci’s justice by fleeing to another world with hilarious results. Cat Chant and Tonino Montana reluctantly join forces when Chrestomanci sends them on a visit that turns suddenly dangerous. The youngest best selling dreamer needs Chrestomanci’s help when she finds she can’t dream anymore. And as the gods of an ever so orderly world try to destroy the young Sage of Dissolution, Chrestomanci lends a hand. Like Chrestomanci himself, acclaimed author Diana Wynne Jones has a graceful flair, which sparkles in the remarkable wit, imagination, and intelligence of these fast paced tales.
In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter. After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls. The Hatter sisters Sophie, Lettie, and Martha and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning. In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl’s castle?Diana Wynne Jones’s entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.
Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.
In this stunning sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones has again created a large scale, fast paced fantasy in which people and things are never quite what they seem. There are good and bad djinns, a genie in a bottle, wizards, witches, cats and dogs but are they cats and dogs?, and a mysterious floating castle filled with kidnapped princesses, as well as two puzzling prophecies. The story speeds along with tantalizing twists and turns until the prophecies are fulfilled, true identities are revealed, and all is resolved in a totally satisfying, breathtaking, surprise filled ending.
A chaotically magical sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William’s tiny cottage while he’s ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland an his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, to name but a few. By opening that door, Charmain is now also looking after an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard and a box of the king’s most treasured documents, as well as irritating a clan of small blue creatures. Caught up in an intense royal search, she encounters an intimidating sorceress named Sophie. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?
All over the Multiverse the universe that is in the shape of Infinity, like a figure eight laid on its side, the Magids, powerful magicians, are at work to maintain the balance between positive and negative magic for the good of all. They use their magical talents to push people into doing the right thing at the right time. Rupert Venables is the junior Magid assigned to Earth and to the troublesome planets of the Koyrfonic Empire as well. The Empire is situated right at the twist of the center of the Multiverse. There is a problem of succession when the Emperor dies without a known heir, paralleled by a more personal problem on Earth when Rupert’s senior dies and appoints him senior. Now Rupert must search the Earth for an appropriate new Magid, while helping part time to prevent the descent of the Empire into chaos. And then the problems become intertwined when Rupert finds that he can meet all five of the potential Magids on Earth by attending one SF convention in England. And that other forces, some of them completely out of control, will be there too.
A glorious new fantasy from an award winning author. The story is narrated by two very different teenagers, who each inhabit two extraordinarily different worlds. Arianrhod Hyde’s world or Roddy, as she prefers to be called is very much the world of magic, pageantry and ritual. Not unlike Britain in King Arthur’s Day, Roddy is daughter of two Court Wizards and therefore part of the King’s Progress, travelling round the Islands of Blest and ready to take part in whatever ritual or ceremony is required, as it occurs. Presiding over all, the most important person is the Merlin, who is entrusted with the magical health of the Isles of Blest. Nick Mallory’s world is much more familiar at least, it starts off being our own. But it soon transpires that Nick’s not quite the ordinary 15 year old he seems, as he slips sideways into something he thinks is a dream but in fact is another world entirely. Now, Nick’s been on other worlds before although never alone but he’s a confident type. Maybe a bit too confident! In Roddy’s world, the current Merlin expires and a new one takes his place. Yet something is wrong the rituals have been upset and nothing is going the way it should. Roddy needs help, and certain powers indicate that Nick is to be the one to help her. And Nick is cool about helping her in theory! but it’s a bit worrying that she seems to mistake him for a magic user. Their stories unfold, side by side, each part leading into the next, and the Merlin Conspiracy thickens as the tales swirl around each other twining, meeting and affecting each other, yet never completely combining until the very end chapters when all is finally revealed. Compelling, howlingly funny in places, mind boggling this is going to WOW DWJ fans all around the world and probably in other universes too.
Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness…
but can it really be stopped? Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones serves up twists and turns, introduces Querida, Derk, Blade, and Shona and a remarkable cast of wizards, soldiers, kings, dragons, and griffins, and mixes in a lively dash of humor. With all the ingredients of high fantasy, this unforgettable novel will delight fans old and new.
It is eight years after the tours from offworld have stopped. High Chancellor Querida has retired, leaving Wizard Corkoran in charge of the Wizards’ University. Although Wizard Corkoran’s obsession is to be the first man on the moon, and most of his time is devoted to this project, he decides he will teach the new first years himself in hopes of currying the favor of the new students’ families for surely they must all come from wealth, important families and obtaining money for the University which it so desperately needs. But Wizard Corkoran is dismayed to discover that one of those students indeed, one he had such high hopes for, Wizard Derk’s own daughter Elda is a hugh golden griffin, and that none of the others has any money at all.
Wizard Corkoran’s money making scheme backfires, and when Elda and her new friends start working magic on their own, the schemes go wronger still. And when, at length, Elda ropes in her brothers Kit and Blade to send Corkoran to the moon…
life at the Wizards’ University spins magically and magnificently out of control.
This breathtakingly brilliant sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm is all one would expect from this master of genre.
Books for the Teen Age 2001 NYPL andBest Children’s Books 2000 PW
When Jess and Frank’s father stops their allowance for four months, desperate measures are necessary. Jess’s friends expect her to pay her share for things, of course, and, worse, Frank owes money to the bully Buster Knell. So they decide to start a business. They make a sign:OWN BACK LTD. REVENGE ARRANGED. PRICE ACCORDING TO TASK. ALL DIFFICULT FEATS UNDERTAKEN. TREASURE HUNTED, ETC. At first the only response they get is from adults who laugh at them. But before long they find themselves working for their first customer Buster Knell, of all people. One thing leads to another leads to another, and soon their business has whirled out of control in ways they never could have imagined. What’s more, the local witch, Biddy Iremonger, sees Own Back Ltd. as competition to her business, and when Biddy is angry, there’s no end to the trouble she’ll cause…
. Witch’s Business, Diana Wynne Jones’s first novel, has all the humor, action, inventiveness, and surprises that have established her reputation as one of the finest fantasy writers.
Diana Wynne Jones at her finest family feuds and chaos, magic with hilarious results and some of the most original ideas ever to appear between the covers of a book. Casper, Johnny and Gwinny get a big shock when their mother marries the Ogre. The Ogre is large and stern and not at all interested in children, although this doesn’t prevent him from adding his own two awful sons, Douglas and Malcolm, to the family mix. Now the five children and two adults are squashed under the same roof, which can lead to only one thing war! Then the Ogre brings home the Chemistry Sets one for Malcolm and one for Johnny. Not that Johnny is impressed by this very obvious bribe. At least, not until they accidentally discover the flying lotion. Then the real fun begins!
The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. His sentence: to be reborn on Earth as a dog until such time as he carries out the seemingly impossible mission imposed on him. In his Earth guise, Sirius, renamed Leo, truly lives a dog’s life. Although he is the pet of a girl who loves him, both child and dog are mistreated by the family with whom they live. But the worldly obstacles Leo faces are minor when compared with his chilling encounters with the Dark Powers that are set against him. His quest seems hopeless until at lost Sol, Moon, and Earth itself come to his aid. Dogsbody is a tense, exciting, sciencefiction fantasy, a thriller, and a touching dog story all in one.
There seemed nothing strange about Luke to begin with, except perhaps the snakes. If they were snakes David wasn’t sure. He was just grateful for a companion as agreeable as Luke, who seemed able to twist anyone around his finger, even David’s odious relatives. ‘Just kindle a flame and I’ll be with you, ‘ Luke said, and he always was which turned out to be more awkward than useful in the end. For who were the people who seemed to be looking for Luke: the man with one eye; the massive, malevolent gardener, Mr. Chew; the offensively sprightly Frys; the man with ginger hair? Why were ravens watching the house, one in front and one at the back gate? And then of course there was the fire. .
She seemed to have no body. She thought she might be a ghost. She did not even know her name. All she knew was that she was one of four sisters whose parents ran a boarding house in a boys’ school but whether she was fat Cart, morbid Imogen, almost normal Sally, or strange Fenella, she had no idea. Only one thing seemed clear: Her peculiar state had something to do with Monigan, the goddess Cart had invented a year ago. The ghost tried desperately to let the sisters know she was there. She tried to tell boys from the school and to attract her parents’ attention. For a long time nobody noticed her except Oliver, the dog. When the sisters did notice her, they tried to deal with her in all sorts of ways, and nearly everything they did got someone into bad trouble. In fact it took a lot of trouble before everyone realized that Monigan was a real goddess, terrible and threatening, and that the ghost was somehow in her power. And it took a sacrifice from everyone before the ghost could discover who she was. But saving her from Monigan would be even more difficult.
When They threw Jamie out to the Boundaries, he was at first too shocked and amazed to make much sense of it. He’d been told he could go Home if he found himself in the right world, but life seemed to be a succession of strange countries some pleasant, most dangerous where survival was all that mattered. Little by little, though, Jamie realized that there was a curious logic in things he wasn’t the only Homeward Bounder, for one thing, though some, like Ahasuerus and the Flying Dutchman, had been trying to get Home for a very long time. But Jamie decided to try and do more than that. Together with some other Homeward Bounders Helen, who could do extraordinary things with her withered arm, Joris the demon hunter and Konstam, his master and other friends, he plotted to oppose Them directly, in the fortress that seemed to be Their chief stronghold. This is a remarkable, powerful story, full of unexpected events and ideas, which will absorb and fascinate all those who read it.
The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the ‘goon’ sitting in the kitchen. He said he’d been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard’s author father had failed to deliver. It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus, would also go to any lengths to get them. Although each wizard ruled a section of the town, he or she was a prisoner in it. Each suspected that one of them held the secret behind the words, and that secret was the key to their freedom. Which one of them was it? The Sykes family become pawns in the wizards’ fight to win their freedom, wrest control from one another, and fan out to rule the world. Diana Wynne Jones skillfully guides the reader through a riveting, twisty plot, with satisfying surprises at every amazing turn. An exciting science fiction adventure where, happily, nothing is what it first seems to be.
In the mind of a lonely, imaginative girl, who can tell where fiction ends and reality begins? An epic fantasy, spanning nine years! The Fire and Hemlock photograph above Polly’s bed sparks memories in her that don’t seem to exist any more. Halloween; nine years ago; she gatecrashed a funeral party at the big house and met Thomas Lynn for the first time. Despite the fact that he’s an adult, they struck up an immediate friendship, and began making up stories together stories in which Tom is a great hero, and Polly is his assistant. The trouble is, these scary adventures have a nasty habit of coming true! But what has happened in the years between? Why has Tom been erased from Polly’s mind, and from the rest of the world as well? Gradually Polly uncovers the awful truth and, at Halloween nine years on, realises that Tom’s soul is forfeit to demonic powers unless she can save him.
Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by ‘time ghosts,’ but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction. In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguised as a child. Only the Time Lady can wake the founder of the city, Faber John, from his age long sleep, and only he can save the city. Vivian wants to get home; Jonathan and Sam want her to help them in their quest through the ages of history to save Time City. Meanwhile, someone seems to be tampering with history, changing it over and over, complicating everything. When Faber John is at last aroused, Time City’s and Vivian’s dilemmas are resolved in ways that are as satisfying as they are unexpected.
Heather’s parents are the caretakers of the stately home Castlemaine, and Heather would love living there if it weren’t for the tourists. Every summer they invade Castlemaine, and one day they even trample into all of her secret quiet spots. The only one left is a peculiar little mound that the villagers say is the grave of Wild Robert, a legendary magician who lived 350 years ago. When Heather cries out for Wild Robert to use his magical powers on the tourists, she never expects a handsome young man to appear right in front of her. She never expects all the mischief he causes, either! Will Castlemaine ever be the same once Wild Robert has returned?This novel for young readers is full of Diana Wynne Jones’s signature humor, inventiveness, and charm.
On the surface, Aunt Maria seems like a cuddly old lady, all chit chat and lace doilies and unadulterated NICEness! When Mig and her family go for a short visit, they soon learn that Aunt Maria rules the place with a rod of sweetness that’s tougher than iron and deadlier than poison. Life revolves around tea parties, while the men are all grey suited zombies who fade into the background, and the other children seem like clones. The short visit becomes a long stay, and when all talk of going home ceases, Mig despairs! Things go from bad to worse when Mig’s brother Chris tries to rebel, but is changed into a wolf . Mig is convinced that Aunt Maria must be a witch but who will believe her? It’s up to Mig to figure out what’s going on. Maybe the ghost who haunts the downstairs bedroom holds the key?
For aeons the mages of Arth, a neighbouring universe, have been looting Earth of ideas, innovations and technologies, all the while manipulating events and creating devastating catastrophes for their own edification. Now this brazen piracy is threatening Earth with total extinction. It is up to the Ring, a secret society of witches and warlocks dedicated to the continuance and well being of mankind, to fight the virtuous, unbendingly traditional stronghold of Arth with an arsenal of psychological sabotage, internal dissension and kamikaze sex…
Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong she is not quite sure what they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley s shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call ‘The Game,’ where they visit a place called ‘the mythosphere.’ And while she plays The Game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast paced, and surprising until its very end like all of this acclaimed author s work.
Aidan Cain has had the worst week of his life. His gran died, he was sent to a foster home, and now malicious beings are stalking him. There is one person Gran told Aidan to go to if he ever got into trouble a powerful sorcerer who lives at Melstone House. But when Aidan arrives on the doorstep, he finds that the sorcerer’s grandson, Andrew, has inherited the house. The good news is that Aidan can tell immediately that Andrew’s brim*ming with magic, too and so is everyone else at Melstone. The bad news is that Andrew doesn’t remember anything his grandfather taught him. Chaos is swiftly rising, and he has no idea how to control it. A sinister neighbor is stealing power from the land, magic is leaking between realms…
and it’s only a matter of time before the Stalkers find Aidan. If Aidan and Andrew can harness their own magics, they may be able to help each other. But can they do it before the entire countryside comes apart at the seams?
Eight stories of magic and mayhem in which children show the adults who’s really boss and achieve a new kind of justice.
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A collection of three funny fantasy tales about weird happenings, magical mayhem, and twisting plots; includes the story of an armchair that is transformed into a person, four grandmothers co
Believing Is Seeing, as the title of this outstanding collection of fantasies proclaims. And ‘reading is seeing more than you’ve ever imagined when in the masterful hands of acclaimed author Diana Wynne Jones. Here are seven tales seven doorways to bizarre, yet strangely familiar worlds to transport one and all. In these worlds are a child born to an ordered society but preordained to spread Dissolution…
a girl who so loves the sun that she renounces her humanity for eternity…
a cat and a boy, held captive by an evil magician until they can find a bigger magic of their own…
a woman imprisoned in a strange country dominated by three ravenous wolves…
and many other characters and stories just as exceptional. These richly drawn, razor sharp stories showcase the skills and sheer narrative power of one of the most esteemed fantasy writers of our time.
What if your strangest dreams and wildest imaginings turned out to be…
In this riveting collection, master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones presents wildly unpredictable tales in which even the most routine lives are visited by extraordinary events:
These fifteen stories and one novella including three works never before published in the United States will tickle and enchant, startle and surprise.
This authoritative A Z constitutes an essential source of information for all who dare to venture into the imaginative hinterlands. It provides acute insights into such mysteries as how HORSES reproduce, the varying types of VIRGIN and the importance of CLOAKS to those wondering about going on a quest with a fellowship of the Ring or otherwise. Features include: A map. Lively background on those you will meet, including: BARBARIAN HORDES, lots and lots of wild seeming people advancing under a cloud of dust in order to devastate more civilised parts and ELVES, who claim they did not evolve like humans…
Certainly there seems to be no such thing as the Elvish ancestral ape. Full details on the catering arrangements: BEER always foams and is invariably delivered in tankards. What do you mean, ‘it tastes awful’? The Management is not concerned with the taste of it. That is your funeral. Useful hints on coping in Fantasyland: ARMOUR is generally regarded as cheating. TORTURE is obligatory at some stage.
This collection of eighteen stories introduces young readers to the best in both classic and contemporary fantasy. Featuring extracts from enduring classics such as Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling, C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair, and Five Children and It by E. Nesbit, this anthology provides the perfect sample of a very popular genre. Carefully selected by Diana Wynne Jones, each story is sure to delight, enchant, and entice youngsters into the imaginative world of fantasy fiction.