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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

Jones, Diana Wynne Jones.  Witchweek

The other book I read for Jenny's Diana Wynne Jones Week.  Also part of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci and again, a stand-alone story tied to the series by the appearance of Chrestomanci, who once more must find a way to keep magic in balance.

It begins with students in class 6B writing in their journals.  This is one of the best sections of the book as the students reveal a great deal about themselves as they write.  When their teacher discovers and reads a note, all of the students are aware and curious.  Mr. Crossley, however, looks quite worried...and well he should be as the anonymous accuses someone in the class of being a witch. 

In this parallel universe, witches exist and are burned at the stake.  In fact, Larwood House is a school for witch orphans.  The threat is serious, but Mr. Crossley doesn't know if it is a genuine accusation or a prank.

The problems young people have with appearance, cliques, bullies, and popularity are all here in this boarding school, mostly described through the eyes of Charles and Nan.  In addition to all of the above problems, who will be exposed as a witch?

What will the Inquisitor discover when he arrives at the school?

More at Jenny's Books.

Fiction.  Fantasy.  2000.  288 pages.

1 comment:

  1. Witch Week is one of my favorites. I love it how the world they live in is actually quite horrifying, but it's made to seem tamer and less real by the more mundane school concerns that the kids have. When if you stop and think about it for a second it's pretty bleak.