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Grade 6 Up Sophie Hatter reads a great deal and soon realizes that as the eldest of three daughters she is doomed to an uninteresting future. She resigns herself to making a living as a hatter and helping her younger sisters prepare to make their fortunes. But adventure seeks her out in the shop where she sits alone, dreaming over her hats. The wicked Witch of the Waste, angered by "competition" in the area, turns her into a old woman, so she seeks refuge inside the strange moving castle of the wizard Howl. Howl, advertised by his apprentice as an eater of souls, lives a mad, frantic life trying to escape the curse the witch has placed on him, find the perfect girl of his dreams and end the contract he and his fire demon have entered. Sophie, against her best instincts and at first unaware of her own powers, falls in love. So goes this intricate, humorous and puzzling tale of fantasy and adventure which should both challenge and involve readers. Jones has created an engaging set of characters and found a new use for many of the appurtenances of fairy talesseven league boots and invisible cloaks, among others. At times, the action becomes so complex that readers may have to go back to see what actually happened, and at the end so many loose ends have to be tied up at once that it's dizzying. Yet Jones' inventiveness never fails, and her conclusion is infinitely satisfying. Sara Miller, White Plains Public Library, N.Y.
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"A witty, rollicking fantasy." -- ALA Booklist
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We had watched Howl's Moving Castle by Studio Gibli so many times, and for so many years! We never once noticed that I the beginning credits it said, that the movie was based on... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Fabiola V. Flores
Howl's Moving Castle is by far one of my favorite books! I had first seen the movie and fallen in love with the characters and fascinating world. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gabby Story
I absolutely love, love, love the movie and I wanted to try out the books for a change. I LOVED IT. It's a lot different from the movie but that was to be expected. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amber Evans
When a witch casts a spell on feisty hero Sophie Hatter, making her ninety years old, she continues on her adventure undaunted. She is hired as a servant in Howl’s flying castle. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kathy Burford
Great book! I've read it a few times, and I always find it enjoyable. :)Published 11 days ago by Jean
A wonderful tale of interesting characters and the world they live in. Great for kids of all ages and entertaining for adults as well.Published 14 days ago by Dan Bugher
I love the movie version and was so thrilled to see the book as well. I haven't gotten through it all yet (3 homeschooled kids can kind of take up your time! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Heather Wolos