Aunt Maria [NOOK Book]

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In Cranbury-on-Sea Aunt Maria rules with a rod of sweetness far tougher than iron and deadlier than poison. Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury. Why are all the men apparently gray-suited zombies? Why do all the children—if you ever see them—behave like clones? And what has happened to Mig's brother, Chris? Could gentle, civilized Aunt Maria, with her talk and daily tea parties, possibly have anything to do with it?

Diana Wynne Jones once again has created a ...

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Aunt Maria

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Overview

In Cranbury-on-Sea Aunt Maria rules with a rod of sweetness far tougher than iron and deadlier than poison. Strange and awful things keep happening in Cranbury. Why are all the men apparently gray-suited zombies? Why do all the children—if you ever see them—behave like clones? And what has happened to Mig's brother, Chris? Could gentle, civilized Aunt Maria, with her talk and daily tea parties, possibly have anything to do with it?

Diana Wynne Jones once again has created a fantastic, magical world. Her brilliant storytelling and wonderful sense of humor totally involve the reader in the lives of a lovable young heroine and a villainess readers will love to hate.

While visiting and caring for Great-Aunt Maria, Mig and Chris discover that their "helpless" relative has frightening powers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After their father disappears, Mig and her brother, Chris, go with their mother to visit Aunt Maria, an elderly tyrant who is as demure as she is iron-willed. Upon arriving, Mig and her mother discover that they are expected to keep house for Aunt Maria, as well as provide freshly baked cakes for her daily tea parties. These unwelcome chores do not prevent Mig from noticing that there's something very strange going on in sleepy Cranbury-on-Sea. Aunt Maria and her cronies are the only residents with any will of their own--their husbands and sons are zombie-like, and all the children are locked away in a huge orphanage on the outskirts of town. When Chris is transformed into a wolf, Mig must rescue him by unraveling the twisted secret that guides the lives of the villagers. Wry observations about the oddities of family life, along with plenty of spine-tingling spookiness, will keep readers glued to every turn of the labyrinthine plot. In the tradition of her novels The Ogre Downstairs and Eight Days of Luke , Jones takes the ordinary world and steeps it in an intoxicating witch's brew. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
Another title in the massive reissue of Diana Wynne Jones's equally massive fantasy oeuvre, this is one of her more recent works. After the death of their father, Mig, Chris, and their Mum go for a courtesy visit to their Dad's elderly Aunt Maria who lives in the quaint seaside village of Cranbury. As a chilly Easter holiday unfolds, the family soon discovers that nothing is at is seems in Cranbury. Chris is troubled by nightly ghost visits; a stray cat bears a remarkable resemblance to Aunt Maria's missing servant; and all of them find themselves virtual prisoners to Queen Bee Aunt Maria and her large court of female admirers. When her brother disappears after a fight with the formidable aunt, Mig takes it upon herself to sort out the mess and save her family. Mig-with aspirations of becoming a writer-entertainingly narrates the lot in her daily first-person journal entries. Her revelations of the modern-day coven hidden and controlled through wiles and threats build nicely to a satisfying conclusion. 2003 (orig. 1991), Greenwillow, Ages 10 up.
— Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9 --Something's definitely amiss in Cranbury-on-Sea. That's the conclusion Mig Laker and her older brother Chris reach almost immediately upon arriving to spend their Easter holidays with their Great-Aunt Maria . The men of this scenic resort village are all ``gray-suited zombies,'' the children are passive orphans, and a core group of women, whom the Lakers nickname the Mrs. Urs, keep a sharp eye on things and report back to their aunt. Maria, a seemingly helpless elderly woman, holds court at daily tea; as it turns out, she runs the town and manipulates individuals and events through guilt, suggestion, and--if all else fails--intimidation. She's even occasionally forced to change uncooperative souls into cats, wolves, and other creatures. The narrative is comprised of Mig's account of the rather amazing goings-on in her journal, and expertly treads the fine line between the factual and the fantastic. Jones offers ``possible'' explanations for most occurrences; readers will question, just as Mig does, whether such events can really have happened or if they were simply imagined. The qualities of love and trust do prevail, and Mig's fondness for happy endings is realized. The intricate, multifaceted plot and rich cast of characters are deftly handled by this master storyteller. She spins an unusual yarn that is at once supernatural and realistic, humorous and horrifying, mysterious and enlightening.-- Luann Toth, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062200761
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 420,830
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards—and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter—her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!

    I love this book, I couldn't put it down!!! It's about a girl (Mig) who's father dissapeared, and she, her brother (Chris) and mom take a vacation to her Aunt Maria's. They see some strange things going on and Mig and her mom are stuck with housekeeping and Chris is out stuck in the woods. Mig tries to figure out why everything is so strange and why she's having strange dreams that seem so real.

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