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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.

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Howl's Moving Castle
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4.8 / 5
Fun and whimsical
July 22nd, 2014
A fun and whimsical tale that had me glued to the pages. If you have ever seen the Miyazaki movie definitely read the book as it is so much more.
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So magical!
April 11th, 2014
It's way better than Japanese cartoon movie. This book is so enchanting and original. This is the one of the rare books I was drawn to read until the end.
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January 23rd, 2014
I love all the characters in this book: the charming, child-like, but kind Howl--Calcifer the Fire Demon; Michael, Sophie--everything has been a delight to read and the humour is just wonderful. One of my favourite fantasy novels of all time. Just brilliant.
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Great Read
December 29th, 2013
Read this on vacation, on the beach. Was so good, I finished it in a matter of hours. Its a great book full of unexpected things and magic.
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Howls moving castle
June 12th, 2013
I LOVED this book. Howl is the best!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!!!!!
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