Howl's Moving Castle
By Diana Wynne Jones
Why this book?
Wizard Howl has a shocking reputation in Ingary. He rattles around the moors and the town of Market Chipping in a moving, smoking castle, and is rumoured to eat girls. Sophie is afraid of him, but after she tangles with the Witch of the Waste, and becomes an old woman, Howl seems far less scary. Howl, spoiler alert, is also Howell Jenkins, a Welshman, who has somehow got himself into Ingary where he carries on a flourishing second life. What with Calcifer the fire demon, who is also something else, this story is a glorious exploration of identity, real and assumed, and how this affects self-image and behaviour.
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