In the land of Ingary, being the eldest of three children is a misfortune. That is Sophie Hatter's fate. As she is the oldest child in her family, she does not possess magic as the others do. Because she is an ordinary girl in a land full of magic, it is no surprise that she runs afoul of the Witch of the Waste who places an aging curse on her.
Scared to run into the witch again and afraid her family won’t recognize her; Sophie runs to the only person she thinks can help: the Wizard Howl. But Howl can’t figure out how to break her curse and has created a moving castle to run away from his own curse. As they try to help each other break their respective curses, the motley crew encounters Sophie’s family, royalty, and other magical beings. And somehow the magic of Ingary spills over into our world.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
This novel is meant for a wide audience, ideally children nine years and older. This book would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in fantasy and adventure with a touch of romance. The book looks at how your beliefs shape your life and is ultimately a coming-of-age story.
Magic that is used in new and unusual ways, fun characters, and LOTS of adventure. Perfect for bedtime or anytime, but definitely meant to be read aloud.
This is the first book in a two-part fantasy adventure that is a part fairy tale, part quest.
This is a fantasy adventure to be read for fun.
11 and Up
9 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 17
Buy, along with Castle In the Sky (Book 2). Together they weave a wonderful adventure that is perfect anytime, but especially at bedtime.