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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle

RevolutionaryGirl_Eden, July 3, 2010

Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three daughters, lives in the town of Chipping Market which is in the kingdom of Ingary. Sophie is very good with the needle, she makes beautiful hats and dresses. Sophie works in the Hat Shop with her two sisters, Lettie and Martha, and her stepmother, Fanny.

Eventually when Sophie's two sisters move out and find their own careers, she accepts the fact that being the eldest means you will have a very uninteresting life and she will not be able to seek her fortune. With her sisters gone Sophie is left to run the shop with her stepmother. Sophie is usually left running the shop on her own most of the time. With no one there to talk to, but hats, that's what she does; talk to the hats.

One day Sophie is tired of her life, tired of being the eldest and not being able to seek her fortune. She's left to run the shop alone again when a very rude woman comes in and asks for a hat. Every hat she hands the woman, the woman doesn't seem to like it. Sophie is tired of putting up with everything; she insults the woman and the woman responds with turning Sophie into a very old woman. With nothing to lose, Sophie soon leaves the hat shop and goes to seek her fortune. Sophie ends up becoming a housekeeper for the Wizard Howl, who is known for eating the hearts of young girls.

I first discovered Howl's Moving Castle in May of 2009 after watching the movie. I had never heard of Diana Wynne Jones before. But after seeing the movie I was eager to read the book.
I think it took me four days to read and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Those four days I couldn't wait to wake up and read more of Sophie's adventure.

Since reading Howl's Moving Castle, I have read quite a few other books by Diana Wynne Jones. She is wonderful and I owe her a lot. After reading Howl's Moving Castle I began to want to write again. I used to write stories when I was younger. But, just stopped one day. Diana Wynne Jones inspired me to write again. And now I'm writing my own fantasy book trilogy.

Thanks to Diana Wynne Jones - And Howl's Moving Castle - I'm doing what I love again.

Howl's Moving Castle is a wonderful, funny story with great characters. I highly recommend this book, to anyone and everyone. Actually I recommend any book by Diana Wynne Jones. She is an amazing author and I wish that more people knew about her.
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Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
Skeleton Man

RevolutionaryGirl_Eden, January 22, 2010

Molly is a 13 year old girl who wakes up one morning to find that her parents never came home. Even a few days later they still do not come home. Molly somehow knows that her parents are out there somewhere and they will come back.
When social services comes, Molly tries to tell them that, but they aren't convinced and they place her with a great-uncle, who she has never met or heard of before. Molly doesn't want to go and live with him, but they give her no choice. There is something strange about him, he is very bony and to Molly, doesn't look human. Nevertheless, she has to live with him.

The house isn't really creepy, it's just this man who is supposed to be her uncle. While living there she tries to avoid him as much as possible by staying in her room. Every day he leaves her food to eat, but she doesn't eat it because Molly thinks he has drugged it, and every night he locks Molly in her bedroom. Molly has to use her intuition and listen to her dreams.

This book is actually based on an old native american legend, which interested me greatly since I am part native america. I wouldn't say the book scared me, I don't get scared very easily though. It was just creepy, I guess you could say and at some parts I just went "Wow!" especially right in the first chapter when Molly told the story of Skeleton Man. I don't know if this book will scare anyone, but even if it doesn't you still want to read more and find out what happens. At least I did. This is a perfect read for Halloween.
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