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review 2017-04-02 22:57
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

I was first introduced to this tale in movie form, however, to my great pleasure I stumbled across it at the book store on April Fool's day. To say I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not being tricked is an understatement. I whisked it to the front desk to purchase immediately and could not put it down! In this book, things like witches, wizards, kings, spells, seven-league boots and fire demons were everyday normal things.  The Hatter sisters, Sophie, Lettie, and Martha knew the warnings and stories. So, when a big black castle showed up on the horizon that moved warnings were whispered about in the village but life remained the same that is until the Witch of the Waste paid Sophie Hatter a visit and cursed her! From that moment on Sophie had to set out to find someone to break the curse and return her to her normal 17 year old self. Her mission is not as easy as it seems though as she finds the Wizard Howl and gets tangled up in all sorts of trouble. 

 

This book would be another good book to do an in-depth class study on and breaking it down into chapters for character analysis, plot, theme, problem/solution studies and much more. I foresee the students being activity engaged in trying to figure out the poems and untwisting the plot. 

Reading Level: 3rd to 6th grade

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video 2017-01-18 20:54

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

Welcome to 2017 everybody, and to my first post of the year all about last year!! In todays post we’ll be looking at what I read in the last two months, my favourite and recommendations of the year and what’s on my reading list for the year.

 

In no particular order here are my favourite reads of 2016, all of which I would highly recommend. Not pictured is here is the fairy tale retelling series by Jackson Pearce as a friend is currently borrowing them.

 

 

  • The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith, although not a long book it’s a cute story of filled with stunning illustrations.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I have never enjoyed a series so much!! A wonderful fairytale retelling, definitely a winner. Would also recommend the novellas too.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, this was probably one of the first ‘chosen one’ series I’ve read since Harry Potter. What I loved, aside from the great story, was the fact the romantic aspect wasn’t the driving force of this. Yes it was the but had to take a backseat to more important things.
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, this was a nice little read about a girls journey through her forbidden home where myth and reality become one.
  • Fairest by Serena Valentino, I didn’t realise how long this book had been sat on my list and om glad I’ve finally read it. This was such a great portrayal of the Evil Queen, everything her past to her present. The second book is based Beauty and the Beast, and the third to be released is about Ursula.
  • Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, I’ve loved rediscovering this series, so much went over my head as a child. I’ve discovered a whole new love for this wizarding world.

 

So that was last year, since November I’ve been thinking about what I want to read in 2017. I want a balance between books I haven’t read in forever, books that have been on my list since the dawn of time and have forgotten about and books that are new and I’m itching to read. To see what’s made it onto my list check out shelf on either Goodreads or Booklikes.

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review 2017-01-12 00:00
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones So much imagination. This is unlike anything I've read. I'm impressed. It totally kept my attention, and I'm an adult. Reading this as a kid must be out of this world amazing. It's great for anyone who can read, adults and kids of all ages. There's lots of magic and a great cast.
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video 2016-10-03 20:44

I’m so frustrated at myself over last month, I was dying to finish Winter even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to thanks to my week off work. I’m also annoyed I didn’t get to finish Castle in the Air whilst I was off so I could start the final book. But I guess you can’t help being ill.

 

 

Last month I treated myself to the second installment by Victoria Averyard, Glass Sword and the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass. Due to my preference to read a series all together I’ve been slowly collecting them, somehow not realising Empire of Storms was the fifth book!! Which means I can finally start reading next year, had I realised sooner I would have started them this year.

 

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to start reading this month at home. I’ve got a couple of series still on my list I need to start but I’m also toying with the idea of reading some stand alone books. Give myself a bit of a break.

 
 
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review 2016-03-15 01:53
ED 411-House of Many Ways
House of Many Ways - Diana Wynne Jones

This story takes place in the world of Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain goes to help take care of her sick great uncle who also happens to be a wizard. What she thought was going to be a simple job turns into a wacky adventure full of wizards and sorceresses, a door that leads to more than one place, missing royals, and plenty of crazy antics. I would implement this book in then classroom as a writing exercise. As the class was reading the book, I would have them write a story of their own adventures if they were in Charmain's shoes. This book is intended for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. 

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