Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure... show more
Hayley’s parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong—she is not quite sure what—they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley’s shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call “the game,” where they visit a place called “the mythosphere.” And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end—like all of this acclaimed author’s work.
Publish date: March 1st 2007
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
Hayley is packed off to Ireland to visit with her aunts and finds chaos, quite unlike life with her Grandma and Grandpa. There she also finds "the Game" where her cousins and herself find themselves in the Mythosphere, where the stories live and grow. It's full of interesting aspects of legend and...
3.5 stars.At first I was dubious considering that I was quite confused and left wondering what on earth was going on. But as the story progressed and the pennies dropped one by one, I found myself thinking that this was quite an enjoyable short story. If only it were longer! If the characters were m...
The beginning is a bit bewildering, and it reminds me of nothing so much as Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber. I love the way it all fits together, and I appreciated the note at the end, filling in explanations. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stories where the poor little orphan turns out to be...
This story feels a bit short, almost unfinished. As usual DWJ:s writing is excellent and she creates memorable, interesting characters, however. This novella just feels more like a short story. There are so many characters but you only get to know a few of them. I guess I would have liked a little m...
A YA Fantasy novel about a girl raised by her grandparents who discovers that her extended family are all characters from Greek mythology. It is not an adventure story like Lightening Thief, but rather a story about achieving independence and reconnecting with family. It feels like much more could...