August 1, 2001
August 1, 2001
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Diana Wynne Jones is celebrated for her clever and humorous subversion of fairy tale and fantasy novel tropes, and she is at the top of her form in this charming YA novel. Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, has dutifully resigned herself to a dull life running a hat shop. But when she runs afoul of the evil magic of the powerful and testy Witch of the Waste, her life becomes very interesting indeed. The Witch's curse turns Sophie from a young woman into an old one. In shock and desperation, Sophie finagles herself a job as housekeeper in the Moving Castle belonging to Howl, a wizard with a (perhaps undeserved) unsavory reputation, in hopes that either Howl or his fire demon Calcifer prove capable of removing the spell. Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki based a 2004 animated film on this book.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Humorous Stories, Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic, Humorous Stories
- Age: Teen
- Publisher: Greenwillow
- Pages: 329
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: August 1, 2001
- Author: Diana Wynne Jones
- Online Item #: 11494337
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-5288
- ISBN: 9780064410342
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported