Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

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"I would like to declare Diana Wynne Jones an international treasure," proclaimed Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medalist and best-selling author. In this enchanting introduction to Diana Wynne Jones's magical and funny work, Earwig is a fearless young orphan. When she finds herself in a house of dark magic, she does whatever she can to adapt--especially if it means that she'll learn a little magic herself! A young middle grade novel by World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement‒winner Diana Wynne Jones, beautifully illustrated in black and white by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky.

Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness--with a lot of help from a talking cat--she decides to show the witch who's boss.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 115 pages
  • 138 x 178 x 12mm | 120g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062075136
  • 9780062075130
  • 611,874

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"This funny story updates fairy tale conventions while highlighting Jones's subversive wit and her firm belief that children can control their own lives. ... A fine introduction to the late author's more complex YA novels."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Back cover copy

Her name is Earwig, and she has been at the orphanage ever since she was a baby. That's how she likes it. She has a best friend, Custard, and everyone does exactly what Earwig wants. She never wants to leave, so she makes sure that no one ever picks her. But one day, a very strange couple adopts her and takes her home to Thirteen Lime Avenue. They try to make themselves look ordinary. But they are not ordinary, not in the least. There is a lot of magic brewing at Thirteen Lime Avenue. And Earwig just might discover that she likes it.
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Rating details

1,194 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 18% (214)
4 33% (396)
3 39% (464)
2 8% (95)
1 2% (25)
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