Book: House of Many Ways
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Year Published: 2009
Genre: Children’s literature
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: Kids
Romance: Very little
Setting: Fantasy universe, mostly medieval
Characters: Charmain Baker, a boy named Peter, Charmain’s uncle William, Sophie, a toddler named Twinkle, a dog named Waif, Princess Hilda, a king, and various other characters.
Plot: Charmain’s parents send her to live with her magical uncle William because she is useless and does nothing but read books. But when she gets there, William is ill and is taken away to be cured by the elves. Charmain must discover how to fend for herself. The hardest part, however, is that the house has so many doors and is nearly impossible to navigate. A boy named Peter shows up to become Uncle William’s apprentice, and helps Charmain unlock the secrets of the house. Meanwhile, Charmain applies to help the king archive his library, and uncovers a secret plot that could bring down the kingdom.
Thoughts: When I first started to read this story, I thought I wouldn’t like it, but it actually has stuck with me more than Castle in the Air, or even Howl’s Moving Castle itself. So, I really liked this story. It was funny, and had a good resolution. I enjoyed it. Anyone who is looking for a fun, fantasy-style story should like this book.