Charmed Life

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Turtleback Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 218 pages
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Cat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.The concept is ingenious. -- The Horn BookAn outstandingly inventive and entertaining novel. Altogether a delightful book. -- Times Literary Supplement

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Review: Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1)

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

At face value, there isn't much to distinguish Charmed Life from any of its ilk – young adult fiction about kids living in a world full of magic. There's a destiny and a rather dastardly plot with ... Read full review

Review: Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1)

User Review  - Samantha Waxman - Goodreads

Charmed Life is the first Chrestomanci book I got ahold of, and which introduced me to the Related Worlds—the multiverse of magical worlds where Chrestomanci, a very powerful enchanter, is in charge ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934. In 1953, she began school at St. Anne's College Oxford and attended lectures by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. After graduation, she created plays for children that were performed at the London Arts Theatre. Her first book was published in 1973. She wrote over 40 books during her lifetime including Dark Lord of Derkholm, Earwig and the Witch, and the Chrestomanci series. She won numerous awards including the Guardian Award for Children's Books in 1977 for Charmed Life, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1984 for Archer's Goon, the Mythopeic Award in 1999, the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Organization in 2007. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an animated film by director Hayao Miyazaki, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She died from lung cancer on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76.

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