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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Witch Week
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9780060298791

10 thoughts on “Witch Week

  1. says:

    Jones continues her delightfully nonchalant Chrestomanci series with Witch Week, set in a boarding school in a dimension very much like our own except one with magic galore magic that can get you burned alive hide, little witches, hide no one wants to see a child on a pyre.for a children s book, this is surprisingly grim and tense the tone is still light, dry, and rather deadpan, but the potential outcome for many of the young characters and the flashbacks to a particular witch dying by fire made the novel interestingly intense and unpleasant and unfortunately, therein lies my issue this is an unpleasant book simple as that and not only is the central situation depressingly unpleasant, nearly all of the characters are repulsively selfish and unpleasant as well with the potential of inquisitors visiting the school, the kids and adults scramble and blame and plot like vicious little human rodents quite unpleasant.but 3 stars means I Liked It and overall I did like this book its bleak subject matter and dour perspective on life combined with the author s nonchalance and that lightness of tone made for a unique experience Jones is an unsentimental writer quite obviously, given this scenario and she is a highly intelligent writer as well she does not let fantasy get in the way of her understanding of reality most kids are not heroic, and the same goes for most adults and that is certainly the case presented here people turn on each other and people sell each other out and people are petty and vindictive and unkind and in a malevolent, small minded world kids are mainly malevolent and small minded but all of that in a children s book oh boy not one that I d give my nephews and nieces.I was quite relieved when trans dimensional supercop and enchanter Chrestomanci finally appears on the scene to save the day the tension may have disappeared but suddenly the whole experience became a lot pleasant and endearing the fun came back along with Chrestomanci.


  2. says:

    This is the book that made me suspect that English boarding schools are secretly terrible and horrible Even if they don t always have people doing malicious magic in them But then Year of the Griffin always dissuades me of this opinion.


  3. says:

    Witch Week, while not my favorite Chrestomanci novel I think I ve said before that I don t like them as much as other books by Diana Wynne Jones , still charms me in its depiction of a boarding school in alternate universe England, an England in which witchcraft is illegal and punished by being burned at the stake DWJ s fourteenth published novel begins with a typical classroom and a note to the teacher that reads Someone in this class is a witch Somewhat atypically, DWJ introduces many characters in this first chapter, and while some are clearly going to be our villains, it s not obvious at first who the hero will be As time passes, the answer is all of them DWJ passes the narrative between these POV characters so smoothly that it s easy to lose track and I mean this in a good way of whose head we re in at the time It turns out that some of the members of class 6B are, in fact, witches, and in the end it takes Chrestomanci to sort out the biggest problem, which is that this reality shouldn t even exist.My favorite parts of this book are the set pieces, the brilliant little scenes such as all the shoes disappearing and reappearing in a great heap, or Nan s adventures on an overeager broomstick, or this one really is my favorite the Simon Says spell which causes everything Simon says to come true Everything Even the part where he calls himself stupid It s magnificent.As always, DWJ s characterization is perfect, and I noticed in this reading that her description of places tends to be minimal where her description of people is detailed There s never any difficulty picturing what her characters are doing, or how they look I think this is where Witch Week, for me, edges out the two earlier Chrestomanci books Charmed Life and The Magicians of Caprona because there are characters who are fleshed out, even the ancillary ones, than in the other two books It s an enjoyable read, though I look forward to the next books in my reading project, all of which are in my top five DWJ books of all time.


  4. says:

    3.5 stars I think younger me was better able to understand what was going on in the kids minds, and as an adult I couldn t help but be horrified by the bullying and threat of burning witches There are some great hilarious moments though.


  5. says:

    This was my first DWJ book I read it because I really liked Harry Potter and was searching for something in a similar vein I had to be younger than ten at the time My sister Erin pointed it out to me in the library because the cover of this book had kids riding brooms or mops, etc and I immediately became invested in it This one is compared to the Potter series the most, because hey, witches in boarding school But there are a few notable differences.1 All the kids hate each other There is no Golden Trio bullshit They re all unhappy and annoyed by everyone else, and it is hilarious.2 This predates Harry by at least a decade.3 Larwood House likely a spin off of Jane Eyre s Lowood is an unhappy place to be No Great Hall, no cheerful Headmaster.4 Witchcraft is a bad thing here However, almost all of the students are witches Isn t THAT a dilemma.On top of that the plot is just so much complex, particularly around the end, which is sort of Diana s trademark Endings you aren t expecting that have than one level to them, and, I ve noticed, she tends to culminate things with very large groups present all talking at once, with this book as no exception.Oh yes, and Christopher Chant Chrestomanci Is still the best ever.


  6. says:

    This is the best of the Chrestomanci books Anyone who says different can FIGHT ME.


  7. says:

    Having re read this I picked up a volume of all four Chrestomanci books at Cupboard Maker Books recently, and now feel compelled to read all of them , I actually like it better now Despite there being NO dragons in this book, the premise is fun and the pacing is a lot better than Charmed Life, in my opinion I ve always liked Jones wit, and I even found myself laughing aloud in the section where Simon is struck dumb by his own words after he falls under an ill placed spell The writing was cute and clever, and the children s voices and actions were spot on Four stars.


  8. says:

    This book was quite an adventure, in the most positive sense of the word It had quite a number of moments that had me outright giggling, and an eclectic cast of characters that you alternated between rooting for one moment and cursing the next Which I greatly appreciated Also, I found Chrestomanci to be at his absolute best So, really liked this one.


  9. says:

    A brilliant classic book Diana Wynne Jones was a masterful writer and a lot of fun, too


  10. says:

    Read March 2015Re read January 2017CHRESTOMANCIIIIIIII 3


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About the Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed