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Young Christopher Chant has very unusual dreams: he gets out of bed, walks to the corner of the nursery and enters a lush, green valley that can lead him to any one of the hundreds of worlds that comprise what he calls the "Almost Anywheres." Christopher doesn't tell anyone about his dreams because he thinks everyone has them. When his father loses all of his money, Christopher and his mother must go live with Uncle Ralph; he is ecstatic to learn that Christopher can bring solid objects back from the worlds he visits, and so uses him to perform some experiments. Then Christopher's father forces him to go live at Chrestomanci Castle, where Christopher is told he must become the next governing magician. Jones has written a mesmerizing account of the boyhood adventure of the famous magician who starred in Charmed Life. Her ability to mesh magic and realism results in an enthralling story about a boy just discovering his powers. Ages 12-up.
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Grade 6-9–In Diana Wynne Jones's magical coming-of-age story (Greenwillow, 1988), Christopher Chant manages to lose most of his nine lives as he comes to accept his destiny. His magical powers and his nine lives put him in line to be the next Chrestomanci (head enchanter) so, against his will, he is taken out of school to Chrestomanci's castle to be trained. There he realizes, to his horror, that his Uncle Ralph, whom he idolizes, is the Wraith, a notorious and wicked smuggler of magical goods. When Uncle Ralph tries to destroy the current Chrestomanci, Christopher joins forces with a young Goddess, a spirit traveler, and an ill-tempered temple cat to save him. This word-for-word reading will have high appeal for middle school fantasy fans. Actor Gerard Doyle's rich voice and English accent suit the story perfectly. His excellent expression and conviction draw listeners into the tale and help them follow the complex plot, giving each character's voice just enough distinction. The narration is slow enough to facilitate reading along but a good pace for listening as well. Both public and school libraries will find this an excellent addition to their audio collections.–Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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This was my introduction to the world of fantasy in fiction. Long before Harry Potter there was Christopher Chant. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2011 by J Reader
If you are into fantasy, adventure, humor, or all of the above, you have to read The Lives of Christopher Chant. I own a copy of it and would highly reccomend it to everyone. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003
Even though he doesn't know it Christopher spirit travels every night. This happens in his dreams he goes to what Christopher calls the Place Between and the Anywheres. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by Kat,Kat
Despite his connections with the world of enchantment, Christopher Chant is more interested in cricket that magic. Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by Alaria
Christopher Chant decends from enchanters and sorceresses. Yet the only thing that is magical about Christopher is his dreams. At night, he travels into The Place Between. Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Kelsi
Evey night when young Christopher Chant goes to sleep he turns a corner in his room and enters The Place Between. Read morePublished on May 25 2001 by Nancy E.
THE LIVES OF CHRISTOPHER CHANT is the second of Dianna Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci Quartet, and a fantastic work at that. Read morePublished on March 31 2001
I found out about this fantastic book on amazon.com and requested it at the library in our disrict. The book was so popular that I had to wait for twenty-nine people before I... Read morePublished on March 15 2001