Guardian review

Deirdre Behan dbehan at
Wed Apr 26 15:15:23 EDT 2000

I don't know if anyone saw this in the Guardian today. They've got the
Rowling angle in, but rather from the the wrong perspective.

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (Collins, £4.99)
Move over, Harry Potter, and make way for Cat Chant and his sister,
Gwendolyn, who everyone says is a young witch with exceptional powers. When
the children are orphaned in a paddle-boat disaster, they find themselves
whisked away to Chrestomanci Castle, where the great enchanter is soon
locked in a battle of wills with Gwendolyn.
Wynne Jones's novel won the Guardian Award for Children's Books back in
1977, but then fell into obscurity. This reissue, in an attractive new
format, is the first of five books in the Chrestomanci series, although not
all feature Cat. This book and the others should plug the gap nicely for
anyone who can't wait for the arrival of the next Potter.,619


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