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Diana Wynne Jones
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7 Mar 2005 The Chrestomanci Series (Book 3)

The worlds of Chrestmomanci have limitless possibilities. How, then, does a nine-lived enchanter cope with a place where witchcraft is utterly forbidden, yet where magic still seems to break out like measles – all over the place!

The note said: SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH.
It was written in ordinary blue ballpoint and had appeared between two of the homework books Mr Crossley was marking.

Anyone could have written it, but the most awful thing was, the note might be true – for this was a school for witch-orphans. The last thing Miss Cadwallader, the Headteacher, would want was a visit from the Divisional Inquisitor.

Mr Crossley wondered what to do about it…



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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (7 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006755178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006755173
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,679 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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“…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

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The worlds of Chrestomanci have limitless possibilities. How, then, does a nine-lived enchanter cope with a place where witchcraft is utterly forbidden, yet where magic still seems to break out like measles – all over the place!

The note said: SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH. It was written in ordinary blue ballpoint and had appeared between two of the homework books Mr Crossley was marking.

Anyone could have written it, but the most awful thing was, the note might be true – for Larwood House is a school for witch-orphans. The last thing they need is a visit from the Divisional Inquisitor. Mr Crossley wonders what to do about it…

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth purgatory for.. 5 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I stole this book from my school library when I was ten (sorry St Bernadettes) because I couldn't bear not to have it (I didn't have money then). I've read it so many times I know it by heart..I love the way Jones can create scenes and characters so evocative you can practically smell the stench of the school changing rooms, feel the disgust of school dinners and feel pride when her heroes triumph (and wish you knew them). She introduces ideas that seem so plausible you find yourself convinced that you too are a witch and cast spells on people who deserve a comeuppance...Yeah, so I'm 22 years old but I still believe that Crestomanci exists somewhere, in one of the alternative worlds than run parallel to this, and why shouldn't he? Jones helped take my imagination beyond the grey corners of my life in Manchester, and for that I'll always be grateful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious! 24 April 2012
By Kate Hopkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this book first when I was eight - now, 25 years later, I still read it with immense pleasure. Diana Wynne Jones was such a wonderful writer because she could blend the supernatural with reality brilliantly. 'Witch Week' is both a glorious depiction of the horrors of boarding school, and a very funny story about the use of magic, and how it can go horribly wrong very quickly. Wynne Jones takes us to another world, like ours but subtly different (an ongoing theme of many of her books) in which witchcraft is acknowledged but witches are regarded as criminals and burnt. When a master at Larwood House, a boarding school for orphans and 'difficult' children, receives an anonymous letter telling him that someone in the class is a witch, a veritable hunt begins - meanwhile Charles, Nirupam and Nan, all three unhappy bullied pupils, begin to discover their own magical powers, with strange results! As the situation becomes more chaotic, Nan and her friend Estelle are forced to call on powerful help, summoning the magician Chrestomanci (a character who features in several of Jones's novels). And what he has to tell them comes as a considerable surprise...

The best thing about this wonderful book are the characters, who Jones brings to life brilliantly. I once worked with someone exactly like the smug and self-satisfied Simon Silverson, and so read the 'Simon Says' spell section with considerable pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for a sequence 8 July 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a fascinating fantasy story about a boarding school with a few witch's in. They only start discovering their magic powers around a certain age. Strange things happen as they develop into enchanters but how do they solve these mysteries
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, spirited, perfect. 3 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
From the moment I opened it magic fell upon me! Whenever I found out about someone being a witch I was usually astonished at who it was! I couldn't put it down because I had been captured by the way Diana Wynne Jones wound all these miraculous words into a sentence. I locked away my cares and my fears and enjoyed the magic spinning around. I wanted to go on reading it forever and ever. I would recommend it to children of the age of 9 or over. It is a book that I think everyone would enjoy reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great page turner 10 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What if they still burnt witches and you just found out you were a witch? A great book that is hard to put down! I finished it in about 4 days. The ending was kind of confusing, but funny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 9 Jan 2014
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was the very first Diana Wynne Jones book I ever read, and since reading it she has been one of my very favourite authors.
Although this is not the first book in the Chrestomanci series, I would recommend it whether you have read the others or not, as the story works just as well as a stand alone as part of the series. (Although I certainly recommend the rest of the series too! They are all brilliant.)
Although this is a children's book, I think it can be enjoyed by all ages. Charming and believable characters, fantastic witchcraft - what more does a good book need! The style of writing, the manner or the witchcraft and the realistic characters made it all very believable and absorbing. Couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magic book 14 Nov 2013
By Cathy
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I have read this wonderful, funny book regularly over the years - I love to read it in October - because it's set around Halloween and gets me in the mood ha ha. A great book for children and adults alike - best of all for adults to read to children. Teachers might like to read this to the class too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favourite 3 Aug 2013
By hugh
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
a brilliantly subversive book. easily read but with hidden depths, like most of this authors output, (except fire and hemlock)
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Published 14 months ago by MRS D RYAN
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A rare author who can appeal across the generations. This should be required reading in schools. She is one of only about 3 children s authors who can entertain children and adults... Read more
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Published on 31 July 2009 by Kian2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Witch week
I bought this book for my granddaughter, have not read it myself. My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed it (she's 13)- this is really a second hand review!
Published on 23 Jun 2009 by S. M. Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Finish with Harry Potter - And require more.
After reading all Harry Potter Books my son and myself needed more so we tried these books. Witch Week was funny and easier to read than the Harry Potter Books. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2002 by George Hopkin
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, thrilling, mind absorbing book!+
The note said: "Someone in this class is a witch". Anyone could have written it, but the most awful thing was, the note might be true. Read more
Published on 30 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
this was the first book I read of the chrestomanci series. within a week I went out to buy more, and was disappointed to only find one of hte other books from the series available... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2001
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