The students in class 6B become nervous when their teacher receives an anonymous note claiming someone in the room is a witch. For in this society, witches are outlawed, whether they are good or bad. In fact, witches are burned at the stake, because that’s the law.
Since nobody really wants to be burned at the stake, each student is desperate to prove somebody else is the guilty party. As the accusations fly, only the great enchanter Chrestomanci can root out the truth.
With an irresistible blend of magic and humor, Witch Week is sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
enjoyable and well-read
Anything read by Gerard Doyle is bound to be fantastic. He's brilliantly dedicated to audiobooks, and actually *reads* the books before narrating, which is more than I think some other readers do.
However, I have a complaint to make to the iTunes store, that the excerpt given includes mostly the "intro" voice reading what I assume is an explanatory note about Guy Fawkes Day, and then the Doyle only gets to say about six words. Please, if anyone ever reads this, the excerpt ought to be adjusted to about thirty seconds later, so as to actually give the potential purchaser a real chance to hear it.
As for the book itself, Diana Wynne Jones' writing is easy and chatty, and her Related Worlds setup draws one in very easily. If you're a fan of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling is clearly drawing on Jones' style and setups: children, magic, and schools.
In short, I highly recommend both the audiobook and the original printed book.
This was one of my favorite books as a child. Even if you haven't read/listened to the other books in the series, Witch Week is fantastic. It has a great story and plot, and Diana Wynne Jones writes so casually that its hard not to become addicted. Definately buy this!