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The Ogre Downstairs
by Diana Wynne Jones (more about Diana Wynne Jones) 748/1 first published 1974
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 to 14 published by Macmillan Children's Books
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
They hated their new stepfather and were desperate to get rid of him, perhaps the weird chemistry set he had given them would help!
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, Fire and Hemlock, 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 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...
In this family story about two boys coming to terms with their "ogre" of a stepfather and two equally horrible stepbrothers, the action centres around the peculiar chemistry sets given to each set of boys, and the weird and wonderful goings-on that happen when they experiment with them.
And what do you think?
Tina Moss, Mount Wachusett Community College
I read this book for my children's literature class when we had to read fifty children's books for small reports or bibliographies as they were called. Of all the books I read, The Ogre Downstairs was the best. I loved it, even at seventeen and if I could
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