Ever since I heard the news, I’ve been thinking about Diana Wynne Jones and how much her books meant to me. They were wise and honest and exactly what she always said children’s books should be: blueprints for life. So here are the ten most important lessons I learned from her….
1. Doing the right thing matters.
2. One good friend can change your life.
3. It’s okay to be shy, but remind yourself that you could be missing out on the chance to make a friend.
4. It’s okay to be sad, but remind yourself that things will get better.
5. Life doesn’t give you extra credit for flying solo, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
6. Parents (kids’ version): It’s your parents’ job to take care of you. If they won’t, it’s their fault not yours.
7. Parents (grownup version): Taking care of your children is the most important job you’ll ever have. So do it.
8. Keep your eyes open; the world is stranger and more wonderful than you can possibly imagine.
9. Life and writing are both better when you’re honest. So be yourself.
10. One good book can change the world.
Thank you, Diana. I owe you a debt I can never repay. And I know I’m not alone. Somewhere in the world, right this minute, a child is saying “Chrestomanci” three times just in case he really does show up. And somewhere in the world — right this minute and for the next eighty years or so — you are changing someone’s life.