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ED 411-Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

This is a great fantasy book. This is the story of Sophie, a girl who is all set to live out her dull fate as the oldest daughter until she meets the wizard Howl. After that everything is turned upside down as she is turned into an old woman by the Wicked Witch of the Waste and becomes Howl's housekeeper. The story follows Sophie's adventures as she tries to figure out the mysteries around her. I would implement this book in the classroom as a way to teach about making predictions and using contextual evidence to hypothesize the answer to questions the students would write about the story as we were reading the book. This book is intended for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.