Witch Week

SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH.When the note, written in ordinary blue ballpoint, appears between two of the homework books Mr Crossley is marking, he is very upset For this is Larwood House, a school for witch orphans, where witchcraft is utterly forbidden And yet, suddenly magic is breaking out all over the place like measles The last thing anybody needs is a visitSOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH.When the note, written in ordinary blue ballpoint, appears between two of the homework books Mr Crossley is marking, he is very upset For this is Larwood House, a school for witch orphans, where witchcraft is utterly forbidden And yet, suddenly magic is breaking out all over the place like measles The last thing anybody needs is a visit from the Divisional Inquisitor If only Chrestomanci could come and sort out all the trouble
Witch Week SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH When the note written in ordinary blue ballpoint appears between two of the homework books Mr Crossley is marking he is very upset For this is Larwood House a scho

  • Title: Witch Week
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones Tim Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780006755173
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Witch Week”

    1. 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 pyrer 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 fir [...]

    2. 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. DWJ Book Toast, #3Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.A [...]

    4. 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 cha [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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.

    7. Witch Week is perhaps my least favorite book in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci. That being said, I love Chrestomanci’s appearance in this book. His reprimands to the students who sought him out, and in fact, his entire dealings with them were spot-on and satisfying, if only because here, at last, is someone who can handle them. I love this passage: “[Chrestomanci] seemed astounded, and not vague at all. The room seemed to go very quiet and sinister and unloving” (Jones 480). When Chrestoma [...]

    8. Witch Week is probably one of my favorite books of all time - I think it's perfectly written. The characters are really, really well drawn and fleshed out. And there is many of them, so that makes DWJ's writing skills even more amazing. She doesn't ever mince words; adults are always bumblers or fools (except for the good ones, and even they are often oblivious). Which, maybe, is how children really see adults to some extent. Characters have layers, even the evil ones (although their layers aren [...]

    9. Dunia dalam ‘Witch Week’ adalah salah satu dari beberapa dunia yang muncul dalam serial Chrestomanci. Namun, berbeda dari buku-buku sebelumnya, di dalam ‘Witch Week’ menjadi penyihir adalah sebuah aib. Menjadi penyihir adalah menjadi liyan, maka identitas tersebut harus disembunyikan. Siapa pun yang ketahuan sebagai penyihir bisa jadi akan dihukum mati dengan cara dibakar. Maka, ketika secarik kertas memberitahu bahwa salah satu anak di kelas 2Y adalah seorang penyihir, kepanikan muncul. [...]

    10. It all started when I tried to read a book about Palestine and it was entirely too dry for the exhausted state I'm in (I teach - nuff said) so I pulled this from my shelf. Diana Wynne Jones is 'that' author for me. She's the one I crawl to whenever I need a comfort read and Witch Week was no different. She throws you right into the action in class 6B where someone is accused of being a witch a dangerous accusation in a world where they burn witches and those suspected of being a witch. All the k [...]

    11. I think it is too harsh for its intended readers - middle grade. And too didactic for the adults. The usual author's charm is missing from this book as well. Definitely not my favorite.

    12. من اسم الرواية ممكن خيالك يشطح وتتخيل اسبوع السحره الجنوني الي تطير فيه الساحرات على المقشات ويستخدموا كل السحر الممكن.لكن القصة مختلفه جدا (وكعادة ديانا وجرأتها) في هذا العالم مازال حرق السحرة جاري، يجد في القصة وصف لمشهد حرق ساحر وملاحقات للسحرة وصيدهم، معظم أحداث القصة ت [...]

    13. It’s been years since I picked up a book by one of my all time authors Diana Wynne Jones. Her dry humor in this novel provided many hearty laughs. I’m sure I looked like a crazy woman cackling to myself as I read it. Looking forward to rereading the rest of this series.

    14. Only a master writer like Diana Wynn Jones could manage to tackle topics such as bullying by children and persecution of adults by other adults in a book for younger readers without making the book dire, depressing, dull, or slow. This book manages to be a pleasure to read even while addressing painful topics.

    15. Eu acredito que li quando era mais nova um ou outro volume da série Crestomanci, mas confesso que não lembro de nada. Sei que o conheci à mesma época em que estava folheando meus primeiros Pratchett na Nobel, e que um pouco depois disso descobri o brilhante O Castelo Animado, que é da mesma autora. Aliás, curiosidade: a Jones foi aluna de Tolkien e Lewis em Oxford e professora da Rowling. Mundinho pequeno, não?Minha edição é uma que vem com os quatro volumes juntos, mas aqui no Brasil [...]

    16. I've often seen people compare Witch Week to Harry Potter, and put Witch Week on lists of recommended books for people that like Harry Potter. After all, they both star kids with magical powers attending a boarding school. However, I don't really think that it's the best comparison. They may both be fantasy novels that have some similarities in setting, but they really aren't the same type of fantasy novel. Harry Potter is more of an epic fantasy with the main conflict focusing on good vs evil. [...]

    17. Someone in 6B is a witch. And, in the alternate reality described in Diana Wynne Jones's Witch Week, that's not at all a good thing to be. Jones plunks her readers directly into the life of Larwood House, a school in a present-day England that's a lot like the world we know, except for one major difference: witches are everywhere, and they are ruthlessly hunted by inquisitors. With witty, erudite writing, Jones tells of the adventures of the class of 6B as they set about to discover who among th [...]

    18. I'm reading these in the order suggested Jones wanted them to be read which is neither by pub date nor by strict interior chronology. So, for me, this is actually #4. A bunch of kids in a boarding school each do actions that can get them burned as witches in their world. Eventually one of these kids discovers someone who gives them Chrestomanci's name and he arrives to eventually help set things right. Jones was trying perhaps too hard to show that unkind behavior is much more serious than whet [...]

    19. I had a wonderful time rereading this old favorite. This tale is set in one of Diana Wynne Jones' alternate worlds, an anomalous modern-day one in which witchcraft is real and witches are burned at the stake, though the world is otherwise civilized. It seems that at least one of the children in a government boarding school for the orphans of witches is secretly a witch. It will be up to the enchanter Chrestomanci, with the help of some of the students, to put things to rights. Great fun, like al [...]

    20. Tense, engaging, like a mystery novel! I couldn't put it down. Jones excellently portrays diverse personalities and motivations among the narrating characters with seamless transitions between them. I love how much they all learn and are humbled or inspired, as each one needs it, throughout the story. Who really is the witch? With each step closer to finding the answer, danger draws nearer. And even the most powerful enchanter in the world(s) can't solve all their problems for them. The class of [...]

    21. Diana Wynne Jones has an uncanny ability to make me feel as uncomfortable as the unloved kids in the classrooms in her books. This book is no different. I spent the first 2/3 kind of writhing in agony on behalf of all the kids suspected of being witches, and the last third laughing at how clever it was once the story came together. Although this is #3 in the Chrestomanci series, you can read it without knowing anything at all about the first two books. DWJ is my writing hero. This is who I want [...]

    22. I liked this book less than the previous two in the Chrestomanci series. I'm still reading it in the order suggested by the author and for this one it felt like it could have been read any time, the connection to the other story is very small. Chrestomanci appears near the end but that was the only thing. It was still a fun story, and I enjoyed some of the characters a lot. I just felt like it could have done more with the different worlds or shown more of the consequences of (view spoiler)[merg [...]

    23. Witch Week is set in a land where witchcraft is illegal and all witches are burned. At a boarding school for orphaned children of witches, a note appears on a teacher's desk: "Someone in room 6B is a witch." Crazy things start to happen: all the shoes in the entire school migrate to the music room, students are able to fly on brooms and mops, and to say more about the story would be giving too much away. DWJ is funnier and more clever than 99% of the population. If you like Harry Potter you wou [...]

    24. It's been years since I first discovered Diana Wynne Jones and the magical worlds she created, but I can still sit for hours on end enjoying the Chrestomanci series. The characters are interesting and original - the ideas are magical - and the best of all, for me, is Witch Week. It's gripping, thought-provoking, funny and surprising - for any book, never mind a children's book, Witch Week is a real accomplishment.

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