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Fire and Hemlock
by Diana Wynne Jones (more about Diana Wynne Jones) 739/1 first published 1985
Fantasy and Magic for ages 11 to 14 published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £4.79, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A love story weaving reality and fantasy, spanning nine years. Nine years which Polly seems to have removed from the world!
Anything else?
Other books by Diana Wynne Jones include A Sudden Wild Magic, A Tale of Time City, Archer's Goon, Black Maria, Cart and Cwidder, Castle in the Air, Charmed Life, Deep Secret, Dogsbody, Drowned Ammet, Eight Days of Luke, Fantasy Stories, Hexwood, Hidden Turnings, Howl's Moving Castle, Minor Arcana, Mixed Magics, Power of Three, The Crown of Dalemark, The Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Homeward Bounders, The Lives of Christopher Chant, The Magicians of Caprona, The Merlin Conspiracy, The Ogre Downstairs, The Spellcoats, The Time of the Ghost, The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land, The Year of the Griffin, Wild Robert, Wilkin's Tooth, Witch Week.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
The fire and hemlock photograph above Polly's bed sparks memories in her that don't seem to exist any more. Halloween; nine years ago; she gatecrashed a funeral party at the big house and met Thomas Lynn for the first time. Despite the fact that he's an adult, they struck up an immediate friendship, and began making up stories together - stories in which Tom is a great hero, and Polly is his assistant. The trouble is, these scary adventures have a nasty habit of coming true... But what has happened in the years between? Why has Tom been erased from Polly's mind, and from the rest of the world as well? Gradually Polly uncovers the awful truth and, at Halloween nine years on, realises that Tom's soul is forfeit to demonic powers unless she can save him.
And what do you think?
jen jen, keysborough
i love the book but there are some things I'm still confused about
liz, sheffield
This was one of my favourite books whilst I was growing up. I was confused too when I first read it but I was quite young, this book is definately not just for children (although thats where you'll find it in the library). Pure magic. Every time I read it
Ronds, Sydney
I love this book! I fell in love with Thomas Lynn (and I wanted to be Polly) but I'm still confused about some stuff though…
Sallyo, Latrobe
One of my all-time favourite books by one of my all-time favourite authors. Her other top books are Deep Secret and Howl's Moving Castle. What is it that DWJ has? A lovely lucid style? Monica Edwards had that. Clever ways with characters? Antonia Forest h
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