Bulldog Library

Howl’s Moving Castle

on January 6, 2014

YA F Jones    •    Fantasy

Jacket.aspxEighteen year old Sophie lives in a land where magic is real.  Anything can happen … and very often does.  This magic transforms Sophie’s life on the day that, without warning or reason, the Witch of the Waste enters Sophie’s hat shop.  In the blink of an eye, Sophie’s youth is stolen.

Now unrecognizable in the body of an 80 year old woman, Sophie must leave the only home she has every known  and create a new life.  How will Sophie survive now that she is old and alone?  Will she find a new home?  Can she find a way to reverse the witch’s curse?

Howl’s Moving Castle is a captivating and unique fantasy novel.  Readers will genuinely come to care for the characters throughout the course of their long and winding journey through this rich world of magic, secrets, and surprises.

Bulldogs should beware that Howl’s Moving Castle is not technically a tween book.  While this book is available at our school library, it is a book intended for teen readers.  The plot of Howl’s Moving Castle is more complex than most tween fiction; however, advanced tween readers with a love of fantasy may find that this wonderful book is just the right fit.

(For anime fans … this book is a definite must read if you have seen and enjoyed the Studio Ghibli movie Howl’s Moving Castle.  The movie is awesome, but – as is so often the case – book is even better!)

Interest Level: grades 9-12  •  Lexile: 800L  •  AR: 5.4

Jones, D. W. (1986). Howl’s Moving Castle. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.

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