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Diana Wynne Jones

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Diana Wynne Jones

Remembering Diana Wynne Jones

Kidsreads.com mourns the passing of famed British author Diana Wynne Jones, who died on March 26th at the age of 76 after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Wynne Jones wrote outstanding fantasy novels for more than 30 years and was one of the most distinguished writers in the field. With unlimited imagination, she combined dazzling plots, an effervescent sense of humor, and emotional truths in stories that have delighted readers of all ages.

Her books, published to international acclaim, have earned a wide array of honors, including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors, the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for having made a significant impact on fantasy, and the World Fantasy Society Lifetime Achievement Award. Acclaimed director and animator Hayao Miyazaki adapted her international bestseller HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE into a major motion picture, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Her final book, EARWIG AND THE WITCH, will be published in February 2012.

Wynne Jones is survived by her husband, a professor emeritus of English literature at Bristol University, and their three sons.

Diana Wynne Jones

Books by Diana Wynne Jones

by Diana Wynne Jones - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Aileen comes from a long line of magic makers, and her Aunt Beck is the most powerful magician on Skarr. But Aileen's magic has yet to reveal itself. When Aileen is sent over the sea on a mission for the King, she worries that she'll be useless and in the way. A powerful (but mostly invisible) cat changes that. With every obstacle Aileen faces, she becomes stronger and more confident, and her magic blooms.

by Diana Wynne Jones - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Earwig has been at the orphanage ever since she was a baby. She has her best friend, Custard, and everyone always does exactly what she wants. She never wants to leave, so she makes sure no one ever picks her. Then a very strange couple comes to the orphanage and chooses her out of all the other children. Earwig could be in for quite an unpleasant surprise. But so could the very strange couple.