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Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure what—they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley’s shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call “the game,” where they visit a place called “the mythosphere.” And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end—like all of this acclaimed author’s work.

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"Celestial intrigue and the nature of storytelling are just two of the strands woven together in Jones's (the Chrestomanci books) inventive novella. Sent from her grandparents' London home in disgrace, Hayley arrives in Ireland to stay with her aunts and cousins in their rambling castle home. The girl takes to her new life almost immediately, especially the thrilling game her cousins play, in which they venture into the mythosphere — a mysterious realm where they perform various tasks drawn from the worlds of fairytale, myth and legend. In the course of her own quests, Hayley discovers the truth about her own unearthly nature. She gets the chance to rescue her long-lost parents from dreadful fates, to which they've been condemned by domineering Uncle Jolyon, a power-hungry god thinly disguised as an unpleasant business man. Readers less familiar with classical mythology will be helped (and may well find their interest piqued) by a note at story's end that clearly links the original Greco-Roman characters with their modern-day avatars. A sparkling treat. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Sent to Ireland to live with her aunts, Hayley discovers the children in her extended family play what they call Rthe gameS and visit a place called Rthe mythosphere.S When Hayley joins the game, she learns more about her own place in the world than she ever expected.

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones is the multiple award-winning author of dozens of books, including Howls Moving Castle (made into an Oscar-nominated animated film by Hayao Miyazaki), the five-book Chrestomanci series, The Chronicler of Dalemank, Fire and Hemlock, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. She lives with her husband, the medievalist J. A. Burrow, in Bristol, England, the setting of many of her books. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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Eden, June 14, 2011 (view all comments by Eden)
Hayley was only a baby when her parents disappeared and since her grandparents have raised and homeschooled her. Her grandmother is very strict and never really lets her out. Hayley's grandfather works a lot and is rarely home.
But, somehow she does something wrong. Although she is not quite sure what. Her grandmother won't tell her what she's done. Hayley is sent to live with her aunts and there she sees how big of family she really has. She's happy to meet her family and finally be around children her age.

All the children play something they call 'the game' and while playing they visit 'the mythosphere'. While playing Hayley learns more about herself and family then she ever could imagine.

I loved the story. Gods, Goddess, all kinds of creatures and Greek Mythology have always fascinated me and I think that is one of the things that made this book so good. I really liked the characters, especially Hayley. Her one cousin did annoy me a bit though because he was such a brat.
The world Diana Wynne Jones created in this book was amazing and there is so much in it for a short book. But this book is so short! I wish it were longer But, this is still another great book by Diana Wynne Jones.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142407189
Author:
Jones, Diana Wynne
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Author:
Jones, Diana Wynn
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Mythology, Greek
Subject:
Family - Alternative Family
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Rag Book
Series:
Firebird
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.34x5.32x.78 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Celestial intrigue and the nature of storytelling are just two of the strands woven together in Jones's (the Chrestomanci books) inventive novella. Sent from her grandparents' London home in disgrace, Hayley arrives in Ireland to stay with her aunts and cousins in their rambling castle home. The girl takes to her new life almost immediately, especially the thrilling game her cousins play, in which they venture into the mythosphere — a mysterious realm where they perform various tasks drawn from the worlds of fairytale, myth and legend. In the course of her own quests, Hayley discovers the truth about her own unearthly nature. She gets the chance to rescue her long-lost parents from dreadful fates, to which they've been condemned by domineering Uncle Jolyon, a power-hungry god thinly disguised as an unpleasant business man. Readers less familiar with classical mythology will be helped (and may well find their interest piqued) by a note at story's end that clearly links the original Greco-Roman characters with their modern-day avatars. A sparkling treat. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Sent to Ireland to live with her aunts, Hayley discovers the children in her extended family play what they call Rthe gameS and visit a place called Rthe mythosphere.S When Hayley joins the game, she learns more about her own place in the world than she ever expected.
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