Charmed Life Book Summary and Study Guide

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Cat has always lived in the shadow of his sister Gwendolen. A witch with a lot of power, Gwendolen feels she can rule the world. When the two of them are taken to Crestomanci Castle, and Gwendolen is not treated with enough respect, she swears revenge on the owner of the castle.
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After a while though, she goes away to another world, and Cat is left with a girl named Janet, a girl he must help act like Gwendolen so that no one will suspect anything.
The review of this Book prepared by Liba

In a land where magic is rife, Gwendolyn and Cat were orphaned at a young age. Cat only survived by hanging onto his sister, a witch, but it isn't until later that we realise why he has the nickname 'Cat'. Gwendolyn makes sure that Chrestomanci, a powerful enchanter, knows about them and takes them to his castle. All Cat wants to do is have a normal, magic-free life though...
The review of this Book prepared by Rachael

Cat has always looked up to his older sister Gwendolyn, who is a witch. Such a good witch, in fact, that her and Cat's presence comes to the attention of the powerful enchanter, Chrestomanci, who takes them to live at his castle. At the castle, Gwendolyn is enraged that she is forbade to practice magic, and vows to enact revenge on Chrestomanci. Cat struggles to unravel the mysteries that are unfolding, and begins to realize that Gwendolyn may not be as perfect as she seems.
The review of this Book prepared by Chrestomanci

Orphaned Cat looks up to his sister Gwendolyn - practically worships her, in fact. After all, she's a great witch and a very forceful personality, and Cat is nobody at all. Gwendolyn is such a great witch that she gets the pair of them invited to live with Chrestomanci, the great enchanter. At Chrestomanci's castle, Cat learns that Gwendolyn isn't exactly the perfect person he thought she was - and that he has some rather special abilities of his own. This book is another of Diana Wynne Jones's amusing Chrestomanci Chronicles.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   17th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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