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5.0 out of 5 stars
What a wonderful read, 5 May 2011
I bought this book soon after the passing of Diana Wynne Jones having never read anything by her. (I am embarrassed and saddened by this.) I am so glad I finally found her. This is a lovely children's fantasy novel full of magic, love, and good vs. evil. It has everything you want in a fantasy novel: magic, bad guys, orphans with magic powers, kindly creatures, and a host of unusual humans as well. I loved it and have a few of her other books on order and cannot wait to get started. This is a great book for parents and children to read together because both will enjoy it. If you are not fortunate enough to have a child to read with, read it anyway.