Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones

By Diana Wynne Jones

Whilst Mig and Chris visit stick with nice Aunt Maria within the claustrophobic city of Cranberry-on-Sea, Chris falls so foul of his nice aunt that he is become a wolf, and Mig has unforeseen assist in her dramatic bid to save lots of him. The author's different books comprise "Archer's Goon".

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Black Maria

While Mig and Chris visit stick with nice Aunt Maria within the claustrophobic city of Cranberry-on-Sea, Chris falls so foul of his nice aunt that he is became a wolf, and Mig has unforeseen assist in her dramatic bid to save lots of him. The author's different books contain "Archer's Goon".

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I suggested. ’ said Chris. ‘ The Works of Balzac, The Works of Scott, Ruskin’s Writings and Collected Works of Joseph Conrad. ’ I cried out, shuddering. ‘Because the dreams are not his fault,’ Chris said. ‘You’d know if you saw him. You’d be sorry for him. ’ I do feel quite sorry for the ghost anyway, not being able to lie quiet because he’d lost something, and having to get up out of his grave every night to hunt for it. I wondered how long he’d been doing it. I asked Chris if he could tell from the ghost’s clothes how long ago he died, but Chris said he never saw them clearly enough.

I didn’t realise then and I did feel better. I stood on one leg and took my shoes off in turn and scraped them on the iron fence. Chris scraped his a bit, but he wasn’t anything like as muddy. He had looked where he was going. While we were doing it, the train had stopped and all the people from it began to come out of the station. They came one after another along past the fence under the light. They didn’t look at us. They were all staring straight ahead and walking in the same brisk way, looking kind of dull and tired.

Miss Phelps shuffled to the high chair and nipped up into it like a monkey or a small child. She has a perfect view of the street from there. She must watch us go in and out all day, perched in her chair like a gnome. ‘No, I read a lot too,’ she said, knowing what I was thinking. ‘I generally keep out of my neighbours’ business, and out of quarrels, too, if I can. ’ ‘But you said something to Aunt Maria,’ Chris said. Miss Phelps chuckled. ’ she said. ‘But it was a perfectly objective general remark, which I don’t intend to repeat to you two.

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