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Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 5, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Howl's Moving Castle is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.

A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels.

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.

Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls. There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.76 × 5.12 × 0.01 in

Published: March 5, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007299265

ISBN - 13: 9780007299263

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Have seen the movie and thought it was time to read the book. Was not disappointed. Diana Wynne Jones has a wonderful writing style that gets you hooked into the story. I love the way the relationships between the characters grow and change.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle is a very entertaining book with excellent pacing and story. It's overflowing with fantastical ideas and felt like a sister novel to Gregory Maguire's Wicked. Unfortunately, the story also suffers from some trends found in Maguire's works as well; the most prominent ones being that the majority of the characters are a tad unrealistic, and that the writing style and plot don't lend themselves too much compassion, thus feeling a lot more factual and frank than the later Miyazaki film. That being said, the characters are still fun to follow and the magical world and exciting sorcery will grab your attention through every page. Casual and avid readers, and even fans of the Studio Ghibli film will find this book simply enchanting.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie I loved this book so much
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not Great It was a good book, the plot was great, but I found it hard to get through. The way the story was told sort of lost me. It was a fantasy book, but the way it was written made it sort of boring. Overall, it was a good book.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved the movie but I adore the book even more!
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Howl's Moving Castle Unique, wonderful, exciting adventure that drags you in till the last page.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Howl's Moving Castle Wonderful story of magic and adventure. Well written and with many memorable characters. More than good enough for adults and children.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I give it five stars out of five. Diana Wynne Jones is a great author, and I loved the magical and fairy tale elements in this novel. Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three sisters. As the eldest, she is destined to be unlucky, and is resigned to days of sowing hats at the family hat shop. When the wicked Witch of the Waste curses her, Sophie finds refuge in the most unlikely of places- the Wizard Howl's moving castle. Soon, Sophie is at home with the irascible fire demon Calcifer, Howl's apprentice Michael, and of course Howl himself- a slippery, vain, fickle and selfish young man who steals the hearts of beautiful girls. Somehow, Sophie must find away to break the mysterious contract between Howl and Calicifer before it is too late for both wizard and fire demon.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel for every one. I had seen the studio ghibli film and wanted to read the book. It is very different but amazing like the film.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Howl's Moving Castle I'm a little backwards. I saw Miyazaki's movie first and realized it was based on a book. I loved the movie and despite this being different from the movie, I adore the detail and back story the movie didn't have regarding specifics of the characters and I loved how charming the novel is
Date published: 2013-02-17

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.76 × 5.12 × 0.01 in

Published: March 5, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007299265

ISBN - 13: 9780007299263

About the Book

Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-nominated film introduced the Wizard Howl to new fans. Now the classic novel and its companion, "Castle in the Air," are back in these new editions featuring new cover art.

From the Publisher

A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels.

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.

Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls. There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny!

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 will receive a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR DIANA WYNNE JONES:

"[Wynne Jones] has a unique record of producing books you can't forget. Every book is different. And every book is likely to be in someone's top seven. I feel we need to acknowledge how lucky those of us are who grew up on her books, and to ensure subsequent generations enjoy the same intense and subtle pleasure." - THE GUARDIAN

".Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones's most outrageous plots to her readers' hopes and fears." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Truly magical - guaranteed to leave you gasping - even hotter than Potter" - THE BOOKSELLER

"Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ." - SFX

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12