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Grade 5-7 - Caprona, the Italian city of spellmakers, is in trouble in this, the third installment in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones. A mysterious evil enchanter has made the feud between the Montana family and their rivals, the Petrocchi family, worse then ever. Armies are poised to invade Caprona, and the Duke seems incapable of stopping the impending disaster. That leaves it up to Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi, two of the youngest members of their respective families, to try to stop the evil enchanter and save their city. But the enemy they must bring down is powerful and cunning, especially for two children who have trouble making their spells work properly. To overcome the evil enchanter, the children must enlist the help of a special cat and find a way to get their feuding families to work together. The story starts slowly, but once it gets going fantasy fans will enjoy listening to narrator Gerard Doyle make the characters come to life and present Jones's entertaining descriptions of the magical parallel universe in which this story takes place. There are plenty of scary moments, but there are heartwarming ones as well. - David Bilmes, Schaghticoke Middle School, New Milford, CT
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"...Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears..." Publishers Weekly "Truly magical - guaranteed to leave you gasping - even hotter than Potter" The Bookseller "Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ... [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed." SFX --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I first borrowed and read this book from a friend in 1996 and found it really good and interesting. The characters were spunky and memorable. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by "edzmalim"
I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting and hard to put down! It is funny in all the right places and it was easy to understand and i now have my whole family... Read morePublished on May 4 2002
I think that this is a very good book. It has a lot of very interesting stuff in it and it also keeps you in great suspense so you can't put the book down. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001 by A 12-year old reader
I found the first time I read this book, it was really confusing for some reason. Especially the part with the enchanted room and Punch and Judy. Read morePublished on June 27 2001 by L. Fox
THE MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA , though having little to do with the enchanter Chrestomanci, is a thoroughly intriguing novel with the most suspenseful story yet. Read morePublished on March 31 2001 by "shayamorph"
This is a good story, but in my mind doesn't even come close to the other Chrestomanci books. It's really funny, and the characters seem real, but its kind of hard to get into and... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2001 by "kangaroozy_999"
Diana Wynne Jones has written many books for children, young adults, and adults. Her output is a little uneven though she has not published any poor books. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000 by R. Albin
This is a really good book to read out loud with a family. My 13 and 7 year old sisters and I all loved it.Published on Sept. 4 1999