'Now an animated movie by Studio Ghibli.
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!
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Before ever being made into a film by Studio Ghibli, Howls Moving Castle was a book penned by British author Diana Wynne Jones. Filled with her characteristic wit and copious literature references in this case to patterns of fairy-tale storytelling and the poems of John Donne, Howls Moving Castle focuses on Sophie, who is cursed by an evil witch and leaves home, eventually finding herself as the cleaning lady for Howl, a great and feared wizard. What follows is a highly original and unusual sequence of events, which pushes Sophie to grow in bravery and ingenuity. Both the narrative and the dialogue sparkle with Jones characteristic flair, allowing the story to both see charm in the deepest flaws of its characters, while also pushing gentle critiques and the value of self-improvement. If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, and want a book written with great love, to be humorous but earnest from start to finish, Howls Moving Castle is a perfect place to start.