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Dark Lord of Derkholm
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 Derk
Male
Married
This year's chosen Dark Lord; inept; goodhearted; father of seven children -- two human and five griffin.

Blade
Male
Age: 14
Wizard
Derk's son; wizard-in-training; working as a tour guide.

Shona
Female
Derk's daughter; bard.

Mr. Chesney
Male
Cold; bureaucratic; money-hungry; runs a tourist attraction that allows groups of people to go through a portal into a parallel world.



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