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The Pinhoe egg
Diana Wynne Jones
Children's Fiction JONES

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Diana Wynne Jones was born in London on August 16, 1934. In 1953, she began school at St. Anne's College Oxford and attended lectures by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. After graduation, she created plays for children that were performed at the London Arts Theatre. Her first book was published in 1973. She wrote over 40 books during her lifetime including Dark Lord of Derkholm, Earwig and the Witch, and the Chrestomanci series. She won numerous awards including the Guardian Award for Children's Books in 1977 for Charmed Life, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1984 for Archer's Goon, the Mythopeic Award in 1999, the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999, and the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Organization in 2007. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was adapted into an animated film by director Hayao Miyazaki, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She died from lung cancer on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Cat Chant
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Gwen's brother; both his parents died in a steamboat accident; adopted by a mysterious sorcerer; has difficulties with magic; unaware that he had nine lives; beginning to enjoy living at the castle; becomes friends with a horse and a griffin hatched from an egg Marianne gave him.
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Gwendolen Chant
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Cat's sister; both her parents died in a steamboat accident; controls her brother; adopted by a mysterious sorcerer; believes she has magical talents, which in actuality, she borrows from her brother;.
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Marianne Pinhoe
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Her family keeps their magic a secret for fear of the Chrestomanci finding out they have been abusing their powers; unaware that she has magical powers; becomes friends with Cat.

Christopher Chant
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Known as a Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives; only has two lives left; works for the government keeping magic in check; has two children; adopted Cat and Gwen after the deaths of their parents.
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