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Amy

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  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    (176)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "Fun Characters!"
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    I loved Howl's Moving Castle and expected more of the same--and got it. I was somewhat disappointed that Sophie and Howl were not the main characters, but I fell in love with Charmain and Peter too.
    It is fun to see how Ms. Jones twisted cultural assumptions about what is appropriate for girls and the traditional (in fairy tales) differences between royalty, peasants and merchants. I was entertained with the nontraditional roles of Charmain going off to work each day while Peter stays home doing chores.
    I wish for a follow up novel on what becomes of Charmain and Peter as the come into adulthood.
    Overal fun listen and well performed by Ms. Sterlin.

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