Howl’s Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie Hatter must become a crone (bewitched into old age by an evil witch) in order to find her own power and save a reprobate wizard. Funny, with a twisty-turny plot. A brilliant book for all ages about the dangers of dreaming and the realities of loving.
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle number two)
Ursula K Le Guin
Tenar is a priestess – a living sacrifice to the gods of death. Entombed in perpetual darkness, her youth is devoured year on year. Tenar’s heroism lies in her refusal to surrender her humanity to the malevolence of the soul-devouring labyrinth. Her desire for light is renewal itself.
A supernatural coming-of-age story. To save her little brother and defeat the terrifying Carmody Braque, Laura must ‘changeover’ from a girl on the cusp of adulthood into a witch. An atmospheric, chillingly beautiful tale.
You have to love a book where the protagonist is a librarian whose sole companion is a magic creature called the Disreputable Dog. Ancient evil, epic journeys, a lonely young woman’s search to belong plus swashbuckling danger. Adventures come no finer.
The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching series)
In Tiffany Aching, Pratchett created a brave, sometimes naive and always humane heroine – a junior witch who will, in time, surpass even Granny Weatherwax. Simply … hooray!