Charmed Life (essential Modern Classics) by Diana Wynne JonesCharmed Life (essential Modern Classics) by Diana Wynne Jones

Charmed Life (essential Modern Classics)

byDiana Wynne Jones

Paperback | April 19, 2007

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Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones classic award-winning favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits!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.
Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book...
Title:Charmed Life (essential Modern Classics)Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:April 19, 2007Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007255292

ISBN - 13:9780007255290

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from MAgic Master storyteller, great magic system. Love that this isn't a case of "We must Hide the Magic from Non-Magic Folk". Instead, we get "Local Magic User Keeps Causing Me Inconvenience", which leads, of course, to us having Chrestomanci deal with them, and very entertaining, funny situations to follow. Fun for all ages, I say.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny book Really interesting concept of alternate dimensions and having more than one life. Really fun read
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome great story, even better characters.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as I remember It's inevitable that if you go back and read the books of your youth that some will not hold up to what your memories of them are. Battles not as thrilling, characters not as colourful, plots not as clever. But sometimes you get lucky and stories thrill well into adulthood. I am pleased to say that this book holds up remarkably well.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hands down this book was an influence on the Harry Potter series and is interestingly on its own. I had to read this book for a children’s literature class that I am taking for University. Although I’m glad that I read it and I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a children’s novel...although I guess it still is. This is a charming other dimensional novel about growth and going from innocence to understanding. This novel has influence for Harry Potter written all over it. There is ‘He who must not be named’, and orphaned child, and so many other little things that make you see where J.K. Rowling got some of the little detail for her bestselling novels from. The adventures and mishaps that occur in the novel are ones that sometimes make you laugh, and sometimes make you angry. The novel takes place in another dimension of our world where everything to do with magic is simply natural to them, which can sometimes be a bit confusing, but nevertheless provides constant entertainment as we learn along with the Cat Chant. And just when you thought that the world of Chrestomanci couldn’t get any weirder they introduce a character that comes from our land and I found myself shaking my head and saying, “Don’t worry Janet...I completely understand. It can be confusing sometimes.” And like Harry Potter I found myself yelling out “What? Where did she go? What is his weakness? Does he always come when you call him?” I feverishly got wrapped into another world and wanted to know everything about it. Don’t get me wrong, this novel is not on the same level as the Harry Potter series—there has a considerable less amount of adventures, but a considerable more amount of mysterious characters and is a promising beginning to a series. Especially taken into consideration that it was written in the 70s and I can’t wait to read the remainder of the series. Good: A Completely other dimension that still mentions our own making it seem like it is really a place that could exist. Chrestomanci: I want to know so much more about him. Cat: I want to know about his future Gwendolyn: The kind of character you really love to hate. Bad: Because it’s based in another dimension and the author does not take the time to explain this (until the added extra features at the back of the book) some things tend to be complicated, even if you take the time to re-read it. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall this is a book I would read again, and it’s definitely a series I will read in the future. Taking into considering the era that it was written in it was a lot easier to follow than I would have originally thought, and I only had Google some things to find out what they really were. View more of my review and others at my blog;
Date published: 2012-02-14

Editorial Reviews

".Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears."Publishers Weekly"Truly magical - guaranteed to leave you gasping - even hotter than Potter"The Bookseller"Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two . [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed." SFX