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ISBN13: 9780064410342
ISBN10: 006441034x
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In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.

After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.

The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?

Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.

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"A witty, rollicking fantasy." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Jones has outdone herself in this frolicking, warmhearted fantasy. Thoroughly enjoyable — a wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Jones has created an engaging set of characters and found a new use for many of the appurtenances of fairy tales....[Her] inventiveness never fails, and her conclusion is infinitely satisfying." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

In which a witch bewitched the hatter's daughter — and then some...

Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did — especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.

As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father's hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.

Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for...

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones was raised in the village of Thaxted, in Essex, England. She has been a compulsive storyteller for as long as she can remember enjoying most ardently those tales dealing with witches, hobgoblins, and the like. Ms. Jones lives in Bristol, England, with her husband, a professor of English at Bristol University. They have three sons and two granddaughters.

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emily.spidergirl, May 17, 2014 (view all comments by emily.spidergirl)
This book is amazing! one of my favorite books of all time because it is different in a way that makes it unique.
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emmejo, July 26, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Sophie was the eldest of 3 girls, which everyone knows means she is doomed to be unlucky. She is pretty sure that it is just her bad luck turning up again when she is cursed by the evil Witch of the Waste and turned into an old woman. However when she becomes a cleaning lady for the famed Wizard Howl, she thinks perhaps she might be able to find a way out of the curse and maybe even out of her bad luck!

I had seen the anime that was based on this book before reading it, so I basically knew what was going to happen. Even so, it kept me on my toes with interesting plot developments and laughing at the absurdity of some parts and Sophie's dry (but witty!) humor. The characters were great, and more fleshed out and interesting than in the anime. The writing is quick and light, but drags you in and won't let you go until you finish the story.
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LEHAVRE7, July 8, 2010 (view all comments by LEHAVRE7)
FIFTY YEARS PREVIOUSLY A WITCH CAME TO TERRORIZE THE COUNTRY & IT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN ALL OVER AGAIN.EVERYONE IN THE TOWN THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE DARK SMOKE APPEARED,THAT THE WITCH SURELY HAD RETURNED.ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS WERE TOLD NOT TO GO OUT ON THE STREETS ALONE,BUT LETTIE,SOPHIA & MARTHA KNEW BETTER.DAM THOSE HATTER SISTERS..
THIS IS A STORY OF A FANTASY,FILLED WITH MAGIC,HUMOR & ROMANCE THAT WILL TAKE YOUR BREATHE AWAY.FROLIC ALONG WITH THE SISTERS INTO A WORLD FILLED WITH SURPRISES,BE TAKEN WITH EACH CHARACTER,AS WE DRAW THEM INTO OUR HEARTS.A MOST ENJOYABLE READ,THAT IS DESTINE TO BECOME AN ALL TIME BESTSELLER..
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064410342
Author:
Jones, Diana Wynne
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
by Diana Wynne Jones
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
August 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.78x4.36x.90 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 336 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780064410342 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A witty, rollicking fantasy."
"Review" by , "Jones has outdone herself in this frolicking, warmhearted fantasy. Thoroughly enjoyable — a wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance."
"Review" by , "Jones has created an engaging set of characters and found a new use for many of the appurtenances of fairy tales....[Her] inventiveness never fails, and her conclusion is infinitely satisfying."
"Synopsis" by , In which a witch bewitched the hatter's daughter — and then some...

Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did — especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.

As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father's hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.

Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for...

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