Witch Week (The Chrestomanci Series, Book 3) Paperback – 5 Feb 2001
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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…”
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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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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.Read more ›
One of the things I love most about these books is that Wynne Jones doesn’t underestimate how much children understand. There is a whole lot within the story that is implied, rather than spelt out. Mr Wentworth’s fractured relationship with his son, Brian; Charles’ constant black fury and Nan’s desperate yearning to be good at something – even if it is riding around the bathroom on a frisky broomstick tired of being cooped up in the groundsman’s shed.
Although there are shafts of humour, life at Larwood House is no Mallory Towers. The children are divided into cliques, or mercilessly picked upon if they stand out – like Nan and Brian. While the class leaders, Simon and Theresa, spend most of their time mocking their less fortunate peers.
My granddaughter strongly connected with poor Nan Pilgrim, who takes comfort in being descended from the infamous Dulcinea Wilkes, but to be honest, none of the children are particularly pleasant, apart from Estelle. And this is one of the reasons why Wynne Jones is such a clever writer – their surly/victimised attitudes didn’t stop both of us really caring what happens to them,or poor harrowed Mr Wentworth.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Rebecca
a brilliantly subversive book. easily read but with hidden depths, like most of this authors output, (except fire and hemlock)Published on 3 Aug. 2013 by hugh
This is a general review for the Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne-Jones. I first read the Chrestomanci series when I was 23. Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by MRS D RYAN
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 morePublished on 13 April 2013 by Aly Gator
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
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 morePublished on 8 Jan. 2002 by George Hopkin
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. Read morePublished on 8 July 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org