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Book Review: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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. 983 more words

The Cover Wars

Where we judge books based on their covers and also their back copy or blurbs. It’s a bit ruthless, but it is also very real. I mean, we all do it every time we go to the bookstore, don’t we? 1,777 more words

The Cover Wars

Mundane to magical

Polly Shulman The Grimm Legacy Oxford University Press 2012 (2010)

It’s an unprepossessing nameplate: The New York Circulating Material Repository. Elizabeth Rew is hoping her new job will involve working with books, but it turns out to be more than that, “like a circulating book library with far more varied collections”.  648 more words


Snapshots of the author

Diana Wynne Jones House of Many Ways
HarperCollins 2008

Many of the pieces in Reflections, the collection of writings by and about Diana Wynne Jones, address the question authors often get asked: … 1,688 more words


Sophie Hatter

A drawing-break with Sophie Hatter, from Diana Wynne Jones’ book Howl’s Moving Castle. I love the Sudio Ghibli film, but some brilliant things from the book were left out – such as Sophie’s own powers, and the way she quite unconsciously enchants her hats by talking to them in her boredom and loneliness. 28 more words


A magic carpet ride

Diana Wynne Jones Castle in the Air
HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 2000 (1990)

This, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, begins in an Arabian Nights fashion, which seems light years away from the European land of Ingary. 449 more words


Books That Begin Conversations: What to Read During Reading Time

If I remember correctly and if things haven’t changed, after lunch, people in high school usually get a certain amount of time to read – say, 20 minutes? 489 more words

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