Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch
When 18-year-old Sophie's father dies, she stays at the family hat shop while her sisters move out of the house to seek their fortunes. Convinced that she is going to go nowhere in life from being the eldest, Sophie is soon bored. But when the infamous Witch of the Waste comes in to buy a hat and feels dissatisfied, she turns Sophie into an old lady. Now Sophie must enter the dreaded Wizard Howl's Castle, who is known to eat the hearts of beautiful girls.
Why I Picked it up: I loved the movie of the same name directed by Hayao Miyazaki. When I found out it was a book, I had to read it! Although it is much different from the book, I also recommend the movie.
Why I finished it: The storyline was varied a lot from the book, but was still very intriguing and had interesting characters, although I still do not understand Howl. But be warned that the author does a lot of foreshadowing and to pay attention to minor details.
I'd recommend it to: People who like fantasy, but it is not a typical fantasy. It is funny in the dry British sort of way, if you know what I mean. However, if you don't like English authors I would not recommend it to you.