RIP, Diana Wynne Jones

Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March!  We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.

For more information about her rich life, read this obituary from School Library Journal, or this reminiscence from the blog of Neil Gaiman, who traveled to Britain to visit with her last week.  And for folks who haven't discovered her funny, wise, and witty fantasy books for all ages, check out some of these titles:

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci:

Charmed life 

The lives of Christopher Chant

Conrad's Fate

Witch week

The magicians of Caprona

 

The Derkholm series:

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Year of the Griffin

 

The Dalemark Quartet

 The Spellcoats

Drowned Ammet

Cart and Cwidder

Crown of Dalemark

 

The Howl's Moving Castle series

Howl's Moving Castle

Castle in the Air

House of Many Ways

 

And so many other wonderful stand-alone titles– HexwoodEnchanted Glass!  The upcoming "Earwig and the Witch!" 

 Diana, you will be missed.