[DWJ] list for book

Juliette Curtis juliette at harvestroad.com
Thu Jul 6 02:46:55 EDT 2006

Not Dogsbody. It's one of her very early books and her weakest, IMO. I 
agree with your other four recommendations. For the fifth, I recommend 
Deep Secret because the emotional upheavals and problems of some of the 
characters (Rupert, Maree, Nick) will resonate strongly with teenagers, 
both older and younger. Also, it shows DWJ's great strengths as a writer 
and is some of the richest, most complex fantasy I have ever read.

F&H is a superb book but consider whether the ending will put the 
readers off. I loved the book but the ending utterly baffled me for 
several years and I'm still not sure I understand it fully. Not a 
problem for older teens but might be a tad sophisticated for younger teens.

LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au wrote:

>I'm currently writing the fantasy chapter of a "good books for teenagers"
>guide. It has reviews 20 recent books (of which one is The Merlin
>Conspiracy, as I thought it better than Conrad's Fate), and some
>mini-lists. And one of the mini-lists is "Other Books by Diana Wynne
>Jones". And I need to pick titles.
>So which 5 will give the best/broadest range?
>I'm thinking
>Fire and Hemlock
>Charmed Life
>Howl's Moving Castle
>Archer's Goon
>but I also want to put in
>The Homeward Bounders
>Black Maria
>A Tale of Time City
>!! Too many good books! So which five would YOU include??
>(with profound and confused thanks)
>Lili Wilkinson
>Web Project Manager & Event Coordinator
>Centre for Youth Literature
>State Library of Victoria
>328 Swanston Street
>Melbourne VIC 3000
>PH: 03 86647014
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