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Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie Hatter had always expected to live a normal, if somewhat boring, life working in her late father's hat shop in the land of Ingary. But when the evil and powerful Witch of the Waste accuses Sophie of apposing her and turns her into an old lady, she is forced to leave the shop to seek her fortune, something she never expected to do. She soon finds refuge in Wizard Howl's moving castle. It is rumored that the wizard eats young girls' hearts and steals their souls, but Sophie soon learns that he's just a self-centered, cowardly "slither-outter" with a talent for magic who's trying to avoid the Witch's curse and a king who is determined to make him his Royal Wizard. Sophie and Howl, along with his apprentice, Michael, and fire demon, Calcifer, they embark on a series of hijinks that involve green slime, seven-league boots, a very persistent scarecrow, weed-killer, Wales, a poem that doubles as curse, and a contract that could very well be the end of Howl and Calcifer.

Average: 4.8 (6 votes)
submitted by Annie C., age 14
(August 28, 2010 - 3:38 pm)

Excellent book.

'nuf said.

Spambox used ueyz.  Interesting.

submitted by Dawnpaw
(August 31, 2010 - 5:07 pm)

yes, this is probobly one of my favorite books, but i only know two other people who have read it, and i was the one who told them about it.

submitted by Annie C.
(September 1, 2010 - 10:51 am)

Hmmm... It seems that there are a lot of books like that for me.  I was the one that inspired someone to read cat warriors!  At least, that's how I remember it...

submitted by Dawnpaw
(September 14, 2010 - 5:25 pm)

Sounds good. i've seen the movie but haven't read the book. Must read.

submitted by Helen G., age 13, Alaska
(October 3, 2010 - 5:54 pm)

The book's a lot different, but in a good way.

submitted by Annie C., 14
(October 10, 2010 - 7:08 pm)

As with most book movies.

submitted by Dawnpaw
(October 20, 2010 - 3:03 pm)

One of my top top favorite stories.  But anyone who reads this, must read Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways!!!!  :D

submitted by Laura❀
(October 20, 2010 - 12:01 pm)


submitted by Anie C., age 14
(October 21, 2010 - 11:42 pm)

I fully agree with you! This is an awesome book! So is House of Many Ways. I also like The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by the same author. I don't really like the movie Howl's Moving Castle though.

submitted by Katia S., age 10, Chicago IL
(February 15, 2011 - 8:44 pm)

I READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LaughingLaughingLaughingLaughingLaughingLaughingLaughing The book was a lot better than the movie, but hey, thats just what I think. 

submitted by Helen G., age 13, Alaska
(March 9, 2011 - 10:42 am)

This book was amazing! I liked it a lot. Can't believe how good it is!! Smile

submitted by Donia H., age 8, Richmond Hill, ON
(July 12, 2011 - 6:24 pm)

Hilarious book. 

submitted by Sakura C., age 13, Ingary
(August 14, 2012 - 5:36 pm)