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Diana Wynne Jones
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Book Description

6 Nov 2009 Red Storybook

In the grounds of Castlemaine is a peculiar mound, hidden by yew trees. People say it’s the grave of Wild Robert…

Heather finds the mound when she tries to escape the hordes of tourists who invade the stately home where she lives.

“Wild Robert, I wish you were really under there!” she cries. “You could come out and deal with the tourists!”

All of a sudden, there is a smell like earth and strange spices. A voice says, “Did somebody call?”

Heather gets her wish, and nothing is ever the same again!

Wild Robert is a gentle, charming ghost, who is half a magician [on his mother’s side]. He returns after 350 years and is horrified by the antics of the tourists at his once home Castlemaine House. Since he’s a ghost who haunts by day, he plays some wonderfully wicked pratical jokes which drive the tourists away…


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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (6 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006755240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006755241
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones spent her childhood in Essex and has been writing fantasy novels for children since 1973. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she has been enthralling children and adults with her work ever since. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children’s Book Award in 1981, and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal. She is married with three sons, and lives in Bristol with her husband.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I thought this book was excellent. Although the length and style of the story aim it at probably the 10-12 age range, the characters are strong and it should appeal to her older readers as well, my only problems with it were that it is too short and I want a sequel! A lively magical adventure, as fans of her writing have come to expect from her stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wild stuff 22 April 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Most of Diana Wynne-Jones' fantasy adventures are solid, self-enclosed stories all by themselves. "Wild Robert" is a charming, interesting fantasy adventure, but it never quite figures out where to go or what to be. It's an entertaining novella, but not Jones' best.

Heather lives at Castlemaine, where her parents are the curators. But Heather hates the tourists and the lack of privacy. Then one day, she climbs onto an old mound and wishes that the legendary Wild Robert would come help her get rid of the tourists. Then she hears a voice: "Did someone call?"

It turns out that Wild Robert has been trapped in the mound for over three hundred years, because he studied the magic arts. Now he's just as ticked off as Heather is about the tourists -- but unlike Heather, he has no problem using his magic to help drive them away...

Diana Wynne-Jones seems to specialize in stories about the fantastical intruding on everyday people. And "Wild Robert" is one of those books. It's only a short novella (or long short story), but Jones manages to keep the storyline interesting and original (such as the feud of the old paintings).

Jones' customary sense of humor carries the story along, with the background about medieval witchcraft, magic, and the clash with modern-day tourists (who can be pretty obnoxious). The problem is that there isn't much of a plot -- Wild Robert visits, works magic, and weird things happen. At the end of the book, the story is clearly ongoing. Nothing changes, except that Wild Robert is hanging around.

Heather and Wild Robert are the principal characters in this book, and they are the only ones who get much development. Heather is a fairly typical Jones heroine, gutsy and willing to believe the unbelievable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful beginning ... but what comes next? 4 Jan 2013
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I have to agree with other reviewers - this is a wonderful, imaginative start to a story, which left me feeling I had read the first few chapters of a book the rest of which was yet to be written. What happens next? Does she call him back? Do scary things happen? Can he change? Can they reunite him with his "treasure"? It is almost a sketch for an idea worked out in more detail in Seven days of Luke, but I wish I knew how this story ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely tale for younger readers 17 May 2011
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This author has written children's stories for a range of ages and this is perfect for younger readers just starting out on chapter books. A gentle tale with some sadness and some humour slightly obviously set in the 1980s for those of us who lived through it although I don't think children would notice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just "Wild" 20 Dec 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Most of Diana Wynne-Jones' fantasy adventures are solid, self-enclosed stories all by themselves. "Wild Robert" is a charming, interesting fantasy adventure, but it never quite figures out where to go or what to be. It's an entertaining novella, but not Jones' best.

Heather lives at Castlemaine, where her parents are the curators. But Heather hates the tourists and the lack of privacy. Then one day, she climbs onto an old mound and wishes that the legendary Wild Robert would come help her get rid of the tourists. Then she hears a voice: "Did someone call?"

It turns out that Wild Robert has been trapped in the mound for over three hundred years, because he studied the magic arts. Now he's just as ticked off as Heather is about the tourists -- but unlike Heather, he has no problem using his magic to help drive them away...

Diana Wynne-Jones seems to specialize in stories about the fantastical intruding on everyday people. And "Wild Robert" is one of those books. It's only a short novella (or long short story), but Jones manages to keep the storyline interesting and original (such as the feud of the old paintings).

Jones' customary sense of humor carries the story along, with the background about medieval witchcraft, magic, and the clash with modern-day tourists (who can be pretty obnoxious). The problem is that there isn't much of a plot -- Wild Robert visits, works magic, and weird things happen. At the end of the book, the story is clearly ongoing. Nothing changes, except that Wild Robert is hanging around.

Heather and Wild Robert are the principal characters in this book, and they are the only ones who get much development. Heather is a fairly typical Jones heroine, gutsy and willing to believe the unbelievable. It's Wild Robert himself who steals the show, with his tragic past and distinctly odd sense of humor.

"Wild Robert" is an entertaining light read, with a likable half-living hero and plenty of supernatural hijinks, but at the end you wish that Jones had expanded it into a fuller book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 31 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This story is about a little girl who lives in an old house where her parents are the caretakers and tourguides. One day, while trying to escape a horde of tourists, she accidentally wakes the mischievous ghost of Wild Robert.
This was another great story by an author I truly admire. Read it! The illustrations are great, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Robert Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 July 2004
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wild Robert was a great book filled with mystery, sadness,and joyfull feelings. It is so funny and suspenceful you won't know what to do.I bet you that once youv finised it you will turn the book over and over in your hands saying " Wow ".
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but lacking 12 Sep 2005
By TlwsTeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Wynne Jones is a fabulous author and her daring takes her in all directions in her writing. This work is good, but gives the feeling it's not one thing or t'other. It would make an excellent first two or three chapters for a novel, or, if rewritten, an excellent short story. As is, with 116 pages, it is either too much, leading nowhere, or not enough. Personally, since I can't get enough of her work, I would vote for a novel ;).
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 Aug 2013
By Bobby Sain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good book but short. I really enjoyed it was a fun quick read that i need sometimes. I would recommend it.
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