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Title:Witch week
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:London : Collins, 2000.
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Rating:****1/2
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Meh...weakest so far of the books in this series. Thin plot, characters generally unpleasant. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
In un mondo in cui le streghe sono perseguitate dagli inquisitori un biglietto che comunica che qualcuno nella classe 6B è una strega può creare scalpore, soprattutto se episodi di magia sembrano avvenire.
I protagonisti della 6B si dividono, come in tutte le classi di tutte le scuole, in quelli popolari e non, in quelli bravi solo davanti ad adulti e in quelli che detestano il posto in cui si trovano e vorrebbero solo fuggire via.
Qualcuno scoprirà di essere una strega, ma solo grazie al provvidenziale intervento di Chrestomanci molti problemi verranno sistemati.

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In a world where witches are persecuted by inquisitors a note telling that someone in 6B is a witch may create uproar, particularly if something magic happens.
The protagonists in 6B are, as in every classes of every school, in the most popular and the least popular ones, in the ones kind only in front of adults and in the ones hating the place where they live and wanting only to fly away.
Someone will discover to be a witch, but only thanks to Chrestomanci some issues will be worked out. ( )
  Saretta.L | May 18, 2013 |
I wanted to love this book. It has some of the most hilarious parts of all the Chrestomanci books so far. But, the second half wasn't as interesting or exciting. I also didn't like Charles Morgan, which is unfortunate since he's one of the main characters and so much time is spent on him. ( )
  serrulatae | Mar 31, 2013 |
An interesting story written about an alternative world where magic is rife, but it is illegal to be a witch - in fact you will be burned at the stake.

The story starts in class when a teacher finds a note in a pile of books he is marking. It reads "Someone in this class is a witch." What happens next turns the whole boarding school, and ultimatly two worlds, upsidedown. ( )
  AnnetteMcIntyre | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is a school story about magic; but not a la Hogwarts. In fact, the story takes place on a parallel Earth where magic is forbidden (as opposed to merely hidden). Though this is part of the Chrestomanci series (book 5), we don't see the connection until around the final quarter of the book.

At the beginning of Witch Week, a supernaturally powerful time of the year between Hallowe'en and Guy Fawkes day, an anonymous note claiming that one of the class members is a witch lands on a teacher's desk. In an universe where magic practitioners are persecuted and burned at the stake, this leads to a fraught week where accusations and untamed magic abound, until the Chrestomanci is called in to save the day.

Although I found the ambience of this book (a school story with cliques and bullies and lots of people keeping secrets) very different from other Chrestomanci books, it had me laughing out aloud at points. Mind you, each book in the series does have a different 'flavour'.

A very nice read, up to Ms Wynne Jones's usual high standards.

Recommended.

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  humouress | Apr 22, 2012 |
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A parallel world
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0006755178, Paperback)

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 them is a witch. Clearly it's not the popular Simon or the perfect Theresa. Could it be fat Nan or sluggish Charles? Mysterious Nirupam or shifty-eyed Brian? By the climax of the book (which, by the way, involves saving the world), being a witch has become a badge of honor rather than a mark of shame.

Jones skillfully and seamlessly switches from one point of view to another, creating a comic companion piece to Lord of the Flies as she shows with perfect understanding the way children torment each other--and save each other. She neatly interweaves the dramatic plot with knowing descriptions of school life, as when lumpen Nan warily observes the popular girls: "At lessons, she discovered that Theresa and her friends had started a new craze. That was a bad sign. They were always more than usually pleased with themselves at the start of a craze... The craze was white knitting, white and clean and fluffy, which you kept wrapped in a towel so that it would stay clean. The classroom filled with mutters of, 'Two purl, one plain, twist two....'" Witch Week is a hugely entertaining book that doesn't condescendingly beat children over the head with its humane message of acceptance. --Claire Dederer

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When a teacher at an English boarding school finds a note on his desk accusing someone in the class of being a witch, magical things begin to happen and an Inquisitor is summoned.

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