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Castle in the Airby Diana Wynne Jones
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Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.
In this stunning sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones has again created a large-scale, fast-paced fantasy in which people and things are never quite what they seem. There are good and bad djinns, a genie in a bottle, wizards, witches, cats and dogs (but are they cats and dogs?), and a mysterious floating castle filled with kidnapped princesses, as well as two puzzling prophecies. The story speeds along with tantalizing twists and turns until the prophecies are fulfilled, true identities are revealed, and all is resolved in a totally satisfying, breathtaking, surprise-filled ending.
"This ebullient follow-up to Howl's Moving Castle lives up to its predecessor's wacky humor and mysterious goings-on. Jones maintains both suspense and wit throughout, demonstrating once again that frequently nothing is what it seems to be. Readers of the first book will welcome the sequel with glee." ALA Booklist (starred review)
"As usual, Jones has constructed a wonderfully complicated plot, chock-full of magical mayhem. However, while her other interconnected novels (Charmed Life, The Magicians of Caprona, and The Lives of Christopher Chant) can be read on their own, the final third of Abdullah's story is likely to confuse readers not already acquainted with the characters introduced in [Howl's Moving Castle]. Those familiar with Ingary will welcome the chance to return and catch up on the doings of its exuberant inhabitants." Publishers Weekly
"Jones once again exercises her talent for humor in a lively fantasy adventure. It is not necessary to read [Howl's Moving Castle] first; the story stands strongly on its own....This is the Arabian Nights with a twist. Readers may be breathless from the rapid changes of scene and quick pace of events, but they won't put down the book until they figure out all its secrets." School Library Journal
About the Author
In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards — and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter — her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.
Her work also found commercial success: In 1992 the BBC adapted her novel Archer's Goon into a six-part miniseries, and her bestselling Howl's Moving Castle was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki in 2004. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006, and became one of the most financially successful Japanese films in history.
Diana Wynne Jones has also been honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, received a D.Lit from Bristol University in 2006, and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007. A conference dedicated solely to her work was held at the University of West England, Bristol, in 2009. Diana Wynne Jones continued to write during her battle with lung cancer, which ultimately took her life in March 2011. Her last book, Earwig and the Witch, was published by Greenwillow Books in 2012.
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