The results for our July Old School Wednesdays Readalong are in! After 166 votes, the book we will be reading is:
Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the “goon” sitting in the kitchen. He said he’d been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard’s author father had failed to deliver. It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus, would also go to any lengths to get them.
Although each wizard ruled a section of the town, he or she was a prisoner in it. Each suspected that one of them held the secret behind the words, and that secret was the key to their freedom. Which one of them was it? The Sykes family become pawns in the wizards’ fight to win their freedom, wrest control from one another, and fan out to rule the world.
Diana Wynne Jones skillfully guides the reader through a riveting, twisty plot, with satisfying surprises at every amazing turn. An exciting science fiction adventure where, happily, nothing is what it first seems to be.
The readalong will happen on July 31, when we will post our joint review of the book and open the floor for discussion and linkage to your posts/reviews.
Good news – this book available as an ebook in the US and although not fully in stock in most places, there are plenty of used purchasing options! We’ve included links below for your purchasing pleasure:
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Hopefully you will be able to secure a copy by purchasing one online, or – fingers crossed! – through borrowing at your local library. Please let us know if you want to take part on the readalong but are having difficulties finding a copy and we will try our best to offer alternatives!
Thanks, and we look forward to the discussion on July 31!