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Charmed Life
by Diana Wynne Jones (more about Diana Wynne Jones) 3/1
Fantasy and Magic for ages 10 to 15 published by Mammoth
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What happens?
Eric Chant had always known that his sister Gwendolin was a witch. After they were orphaned she arranged for them to live with a fellow witch. Gwendolin continued her lessons in witchcraft and Eric learned to play the violin, until Gwendolin got so annoyed with the awful sound it made that she turned it into a cat. From then on things get very confusing as the strange and powerful Chrestomanci begins to annoy Gwendolin, especially when he takes her magic away.
Is it easy to read?
This is quite a difficult read and a child would need to be a very confident reader and have a good imagination to fully understand this book.
Anything else?
A wonderful story, full of magic and adventure. This type of story comes so naturally to Wynne Jones and she keeps the story moving at a quick pace. There are so many twists and turns in the story that it is difficult to put this book down. You might find the beginning a bit of a struggle but it really pays to keep going as the rest of the story is really worth it. You become involved in the thoughts of the characters, and the descriptions of people and places make it easy to become even more entrapped in the story. You wonder how things could get any worse for Eric and his sister and then off she goes and does something even more shocking.
Other books by Diana Wynne Jones include A Sudden Wild Magic, A Tale of Time City, Archer's Goon, Black Maria, Cart and Cwidder, Castle in the Air, Deep Secret, Dogsbody, Drowned Ammet, Eight Days of Luke, Fantasy Stories, Fire and Hemlock, Hexwood, Hidden Turnings, Howl's Moving Castle, Minor Arcana, Mixed Magics, Power of Three, The Crown of Dalemark, The Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Homeward Bounders, The Lives of Christopher Chant, The Magicians of Caprona, The Merlin Conspiracy, The Ogre Downstairs, The Spellcoats, The Time of the Ghost, The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land, The Year of the Griffin, Wild Robert, Wilkin's Tooth, Witch Week.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all. However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly! Winner of the Guardian Award.
And what do you think?
Jessica, Croydon
This book is BRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its funny and totally impossible to put down. Rating:10/10 with honours!
John McLay, Amazon.co.uk
Every saga has a beginning. Every journey has a first step...And so it is with the magical "Worlds of Chrestomanci" which English fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones began so many years ago with her own episode one--Charmed Life. Winner of the Guardian Awar
Taz Mauldin, Middle
I loved this book !!! it was something like Harry potter with a twist !!! I think it was fantastic !!
Worldwonderer, Park Lane (Tilehurst in Reading)
This is an outstanding book full of magic and mystery probably aimed for ages 8+ . It is, in my opinion, better than Harry Potter! The main character is ‘Cat’, a small, shy boy who thinks he has no talent at all. He is over shadowed by his eld
christy mcgellan, San jose
the book is about a boy and his sister whom has gone to live with Chrestmanci. This story is a great story with a lot of magical things in it. This is no doubt this is by Diana Wynne Jones
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