Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

By Diana Wynne Jones; Paul Zelinsky (Illustrator)

Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780062075116, 115pp.

Publication Date: January 2012


Got the other twelve witches all chasing me. I'll be back for her when I've shook them off. It may take years. Her name is Earwig.

Earwig has been at the orphanage ever since she was a baby. That's just how she likes it. She has her best friend, Custard, and everyone always does exactly what Earwig wants. She never wants to leave, so she makes sure no one ever picks her.

Then a very strange couple comes to the orphanage. They try to make themselves look ordinary. But Earwig knows they are not, not in the least. And they choose her, out of all the other children.

Earwig could be in for quite an unpleasant surprise. But so could the very strange couple.

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.

Paul O. Zelinsky is one of the most original and celebrated children's book illustrators at work today.

Praise For Earwig and the Witch

“With this enthralling book, Jones proves that she is still at the top of her game.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“[A] joyfully chaotic tale.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)