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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
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Nov 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, midgrade

Set in modern Britain, bookish college professor Andrew inherits his grandfather’s home. However, the house is located in an “eccentric” area filled with magic, odd characters, and mayhem. Andrew is just settling in when teenaged Aidan shows up on his door, soggy, grief-stricken, and being chased by creatures he calls Stalkers. A complex, well-crafted story develops from there.

I have always enjoyed Jones’s characters — from the crazy people in Dark Lord of Derkholm to the calmer Chant family in the Chrestomanci books. The characters in this one are just as endearing. Jones is one of the few children’s book authors that peoples her stories with adults that are active throughout the story in a positive manner. Unlike most children’s books, the adults play key pivotal roles in helping the climax of the story to occur — they are not merely there as background or as obstacles the kids must overcome. Jones’s children and adult characters must work together to survive. They are not at odds.

I find this perspective refreshing. Although children often see adults as the enemy, it’s nice to read a good book where the adults and child are allies. And that is precisely what this book is — a good book. With strong characters and a gripping, fast-paced plot, I would recommend this book for any fantasy lover aged 10 & up.
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