Eight Days of Luke

Eight Days of Luke

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Overview

"Just kindle a flame and I'll be with you."

It's summer vacation, but David's miserably stuck with his unpleasant relatives. Then a strange boy named Luke turns up, charming and fun, joking that David has released him from a prison. Or is he joking? He certainly seems to have strange powers, and control over fire . . .

Luke has family problems of his own, and some very dark secrets. And when David agrees to a bargain with the mysterious Mr. Wedding, he finds himself in a dangerous hunt for a lost treasure, one that will determine Luke's fate!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062244536
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 277,779
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Eight Days of Luke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jones, D.W. (1975). Eight Days of Luke. New York: Greenwillow Books.226 pages.Appetizer: David Allard is on break from school and instead of being sent of on an educational tour, his relatives have forgotten he was supposed to come home and so he is stuck with them and their criticisms of him.At first it seems like it will be a complete torture, but after chanting a random mix of words, a strange boy named Luke appears. Luke claims that David released him from his prison and is indebted to him. David just thinks Luke is one of the kids from the neighborhood, but when it becomes clear that Luke has a magical talent with fire and strangers appear looking for Luke, another each day. David makes a deal with one of the strange men to try to keep Luke out of his prison for good, if only David can prevent the strangers from finding Luke for one week.Although the actual story is subtle and readers who aren't already familiar with Norse mythology may not even notice that all of the strangers who visit David trying to find Luke are gods from Norse myth (and Luke himself is also one of the gods). It becomes a little more obvious by the end, but I feel like this is one of those books where a teacher has to explain some of the details to get the broader significance. Otherwise it's just this boy who helps this other boy. And there are weird adults. Unhappy relatives. Unexplained magic. People unsurprised by unexplained magic. And lots of talk about cricket.I've met dozens of readers who are in love with Diana Wynne Jones's books. Literally. They want to marry her despite the age difference. But I have to say, when I had read some of her young adult books in the past, I had trouble getting into them. Her characters just don't draw me in. I had less trouble with this as I read Eight Days of Luke. I think I had an easier time because this is more of a middle grade book and because, after Luke was introduced, it was a pretty fast-paced read.I still felt the book lacked tension though. It's one of those older fantasy novels in which a character only has a limited time to, say, save the world, perhaps. And instead of immediately running off to save said world, the protagonist has tea. Or runs off to play cricket. And I'm left wondering if this is proper day-saving behavior. Because if I were ever tasked with saving the world, I'd make sure that that bit of work would be my number one priority. I'd be on top of it. Probably, I'd even make a check list on a sticky note to make sure I didn't forget any of the world-saving steps. You hear that, fates/hero-audition-panel? I would devote all my efforts to saving the world. No tea or cricket for me. Just full-time world saving effort. Now, I wouldn't say the world is actually at stake in Eight Days of Luke, but David also delayed his efforts to save Luke because he feared he'd be inconveniencing his aunt who would have to give him a ride. Or something. *Yawn* How un-tense is that situation? It's like getting a myth-y brain massage that, at the end of the massage session, you can't help but wonder of you were cheated because you fell asleep and couldn't properly keep track of the time the massage took. But on the plus side, you're tension free.Who else could use a massage right now?ALSO, also, whenever I read the title of this book in my head, I inevitably wound up with the song Eight Days a Week by the Beatles stuck in my head. That woke me up a little. Then I had to sing the song out-loud as I wandered around my place. My cats did not appreciate the noise. My neighbors probably didn't either. Who can't carry a tune? This girl.Eeeeeeight DAAAAys a WeeeeEEEEEEK! I LoooOOOOOOoooOOOOoooove You!Dinner Conversation:"Unlike most boys, David dreaded the holidays. His parents were dead and he lived with his Great-Aunt Dot, Great-Uncle Bernard, their son Cousin Ronald and Cousin Ronald's wife Astrid; and all these four people insisted that he should be grateful for the
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember when I first read this book I had no idea what was going on and then I got to the end and was like "woah." This book combines two of my favorite things about DWJ, how she takes mythology and retells it with real people and real emotions and just the right amount of mystery, and how she creates a huge mess that seemingly has no hope of resolution and then she resolves it in a really interesting and logical way. Only you couldn't see the logic until she'd done it. I prefer the second half of this book to the first half, the first half is really boyish and talks about cricket a lot.
Ilirwen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To begin with I wasn't too impressed with this book. Maybe I've come to expect too much from Diana Wynne Jones. However, later in the book I began to like it better. Besides, this is one of the author's earlier books, and clearly intended for a young audience. After I finished it, I found that I was after all quite happy about it.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, with the sequence of arrivals - but as myth-in-current-times goes, The Game is better. Which is funny, because I'm much more familiar with these myths. But I really don't like the kid. I can see why he behaves the way he does, it's perfectly reasonable, and I don't want to be around him.
schinders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a great exploration of norse myth, done with all of dwj's wit and wisdom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read almost all of her books, even bought them from England before they were available as ebooks and then repurchased as ebooks. One of the best children's fantasy writers ever. Her books mostly predate Harry Potter and, in my opinion, are infinitely superior in every way (and I like Harry Potter and have read all the books) Thoughtful, intelligent writing, combined with great plots and humor - I would love to see some well-written big budget movie adaptations of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing and such fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago