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House of many ways
Diana Wynne Jones
Teen 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 Charmain Baker
Female
Has led a sheltered life; spends her days reading; ends up looking after her uncle's cottage which bends space and time since her uncle is a wizard; has the abilities of being a witch but was raised not to use them; helps the king sort out royal documents at the royal library.

Sophie Pendragon
Female
Married
Howl's wife; able to talk life into objects.

Howl
Male
Married
Sophie's husband.



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