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Witch week by Diana Wynne Jones
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Title:Witch week
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:London : Collins, 2000.
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Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones (1982)



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This book is much more juvenile-seeming that others in this series... in an alternate world, witchcraft is still a crime punished by burning, and when a student at a boarding school makes an anonymous accusation that "someone in the class is a witch" the consequences could be dire... finally, the mysterious enchanter known as Chrestomanci has to save the day in a dramatic deus-ex-machina...
Does a good job with making all of it's rather unappealing characters (the kids at the boarding school are a quite diverse bunch of brats, dorks, bullies and etc...) gradually appear deserving of understanding and sympathy... a bit of a heavy-handed message of tolerance... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
It was interesting but it's not my favorite of the Chrestomanica series. ( )
  LopiCake | Mar 25, 2015 |
This was such a great read! ( )
  rjc146 | Jan 23, 2015 |
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.

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 |
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The note said: someone in this class is a witch.
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A parallel world
where they persecute witches
and children aren't safe.

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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