After unwittingly incurring the wrath of the Witch of the Waste, 18-year-old Sophie is cursed to live the rest of her life as an old woman. She sets off in search of heartless Howl, a wizard who presides in his ever-moving castle in the hills. Her journey to breaking the spell is also one of self-discovery. Sophie becomes more and more entangled with Howl, bargains with a fire demon and finally goes head to head with the Witch of the Waste.
Year of Release: 1986
Author(s): Diana Wynne Jones
Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294.Howl_s_Moving_Castle
ISBN: 9780061478789 (2007 edition)
ebook URL: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/howls-moving-castle-diana-wynne-jones
Further comments for teachers:
The book was made into a film in 2004 by Studio Ghibli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl%27s_Moving_Castle_(film) – Students could compare the book with the film.
This book is part of the World of Howl series, which may interest students who want to find out more about Howl.