House of Many Ways
By Dianna Wynne Jones
Paperback, 404 pages
2008, Greenwillow Books
Charmain, having led a sheltered life mostly full of reading, finds herself watching her great uncle William’s magical house while the wizard is convalescing with elves. There’s a dog to take care of, piles of dishes to wash and mountains of dirty laundry (it breeds if not cleaned!) and Charmain has no idea what to do with any of it. When an apprentice wizard, Peter, shows up, the two find themselves not only tending after a magical house, but caught up in a plot that involves the king of the land and a familiar family of wizards.
I knew from the first couple chapters that I was going to enjoy this book significantly more than Castle in the Air.