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Archer's Goon
     

Archer's Goon

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by Diana Wynne Jones
 

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The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the "goon" sitting in the kitchen. He said he'd been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard's author father had failed to deliver.

It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine,

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The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the "goon" sitting in the kitchen. He said he'd been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard's author father had failed to deliver.

It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus, would also go to any lengths to get them.

Although each wizard ruled a section of the town, he or she was a prisoner in it. Each suspected that one of them held the secret behind the words, and that secret was the key to their freedom. Which one of them was it? The Sykes family become pawns in the wizards' fight to win their freedom, wrest control from one another, and fan out to rule the world.

Diana Wynne Jones skillfully guides the reader through a riveting, twisty plot, with satisfying surprises at every amazing turn. An exciting science fiction adventure where, happily, nothing is what it first seems to be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trouble starts to brew when a boy returns home from school to find a Goon unwilling to move until his author father pays the thug's boss 2,000 words. PW called this "a very funny, very suspenseful astral tale." Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
ALA Booklist
A gloriously full-blown fantasy of brilliant dimensions . . . Jones humor and wit are as subtly riotous as ever.
Horn Book Magazine
Hilarious fantasy.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A highly original fantasy...A most intriguing book.
Washington Post Book World
The writing in Archers Goon is fine and the scenes and characters fresh and well-drawn
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A highly original fantasy...A most intriguing book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062243409
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
317,529
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

In a career spanning four decades, award-winning 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 are 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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Archer's Goon 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an awsome book!!!! I've read it twice, and I'll probably read it over and over again! I love all of Dianna Wynne Jones' books that I've read! Not one of the books I've read of hers are boring or uninteresting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
bought this book last week for my kids (11, 13) they loved it and I love it too. We are now fighting over whoose turn it is to read it and they have read it twice each already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best kid's novels I've ever read. I liked it when I was a kid and I like it now. If the YA advocate finds the action uninteresting, she may be in the wrong line of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's a very fun reading but to understand the plot, you need to think a little
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I've read in awhile! It was so great, I couldn't put it down (and we were on vacation too)! It has great plot twists and exciting characters. I really enjoyed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was about 11.I've read it several times since and I think this isone of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.It was one of the books that inspired me to make reading a regular part of my life in the first place.The spokesperson for the Youth Advocates review was obviously biased and I wonder if they actually read the book.