Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.--from the publisher
448 pages 978-0061478789 Ages 9-13
Sophie is the oldest of her three sisters and is a great reader. From her books she realizes life can be filled with amazing adventures none of which she ever expects to come her way. Instead she spends her days making hats. That is until the wicked Witch of the Waste loses her temper and casts a spell dooming Sophie to spend her life as an old woman. What's a girl to do?
Sophie finds herself seeking a way out and moves in to the castle of the wizard named Howl. Howl has been cursed himself. He and his house are perpetually on the move lifting up and dropping down in a new spot and turned in an entirely new direction. Howl needs to find a very special girl.
Filled with fun, fantasy, adventure, humor and a beautifully crafted puzzle, this is an excellent choice for children with vivid imaginations who want to see another brilliant mind concocting a new frontier of possibilities.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com