Howl's Moving Castle
Books | Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Diana Wynne Jones
This entrancing classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. An international bestseller, this much-loved book is the source for the Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle.To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?All fans of classic fantasy books deserve the pleasure of reading those by Diana Wynne Jones, whose acclaim included the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. As Neil Gaiman stated, she was "quite simply the best writer for children of her generation."The three books in the World of Howl are:Howl's Moving CastleCastle in the AirHouse of Many WaysOther beloved series from Dianna Wynne Jones include the Chronicles of Chrestomanci and the Dalemark Quartet.
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"I’m a big fan of Miyazaki’s take on this story so I decided to listen to the original. Honestly it’s even better than the film. Such an intricate plot where the mysteries reveal themselves in the end. Truly heartfelt. This might be categorized as children’s fantasy but I thoroughly enjoyed it. "
"As good as the movie, but different in many ways. It is funnier and less serious at times, and it goes more in depth into the characters than is possible in a movie of course. Spoilers?The main difference from the movie is that instead of going to the weird bird place or wherever, Howl just goes to what seems to be modern day Wales. It is humorous because you can tell that it is just modern day Wales."