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Earwig and the Witch

Written by Diana Wynne Jones

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LoveReading View on Earwig and the Witch

With terrific line drawings that perfectly complement Diana's witty, magical story, this is a wonderful adventure of triumph over adversity.  Poor Earwig has always lived in an orphanage but she loves it there and doesn't want to leave so one day when she is chosen to go and live with someone who turns out to be a witch she wonders how she will survive.  But Earwig's ingenuity and some help from a talking cat pulls her through. Sadly, this is Diana Wynne-Jones' final story for children as she died in March 2011.


Earwig and the Witch Synopsis

Everyone knows that orphanages are horrible places. But Earwig has a surprising amount of power over everyone else at St Morwald's Home for Children, and loves it there. So the last thing she wants is to be sent to live with the very strange Bella Yaga! Earwig was left at St Morwald's as a baby. Unlike the other children, she loves it there, mostly because she has the run of the place and seems to be able to persuade people to do as she wants. Then one day Earwig is chosen to live with a very strange couple: Bella Yaga, her new 'mother', is actually a horrible witch.

Earwig and the Witch Press Reviews


'Blissful' - Guardian

'Wynne Jones is superb, mixing the comical with the magical' - The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007416868
Publication date: 01/10/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007416851
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007416851
Publication date: 9th June 2011
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Diana Wynne Jones

Reknowned children's science fiction and fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones died in March 2011. Click here to read about the life of this author in The Guardian obituary. Diana was born in August 1934 in London, where she had a chaotic and unsettled childhood against the background of World War II. The family moved around a lot, finally settling in rural Essex. As children, Diana and her two sisters were deprived of a good, steady supply of books by a father, 'who could beat Scrooge in a meanness contest'. So, armed with a vivid imagination and an insatiable quest for good books ...

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