Diana Wynne Jones
Children's Fiction JONES
Summary: A bewitching comic fantasy by a master of the supernaturalCat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.Altogether a delightful book. Times Literary Supplement.The concept is ingenious. The Horn Book.
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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.
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; hates living with the sorcerer; feels she doesn't get the respect she deserves; enjoys playing nasty magical practical jokes; leaves for a parallel world after the Chrestomanci forbids her to practice anymore magic.
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.