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"A delicious spoof."  —Saturday Review

"A priceless mixture of old and new. . . . May even lure readers who thought they were beyond the fairy-tale age."  —New York Herald Tribune Books

About the Author

Edward Eager (1911–1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best children's writer of all time—"so that any child who likes my books and doesn't know hers may be led back to the master of us all."
 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tales of Magic (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015202073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was my first Edward Eager book, and it was not my last. It's a part of Eager's ongoing, sometimes intertwined fantasy serieses starring flawed yet admirable characters. Note: There's a bit of an in-joke in one bit of dialogue, concerning the kids' mothers from a previous book of Eager's, but it won't confuse you if you've so much as read the back of the other books.
Roger and his sister's father needs surgery, and his frightened kids are taken along to stay with their cousins, bossy Eliza and camera-obsessed Jack. The thing that cheers frightened Roger up is a toy castle his aunt gives him, and his vast army of toy soldiers. But the oldest of them all tells Roger that he must EARN his wishes...
Soon Roger and his relatives (parents excluded) are tossed into the medieval world of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe, a world that can be altered by what is set around the toys, such as wastepaper baskets and dollhouses.
The ending is still a bit confusing (I'm not entirely certain what's going on) but the book overall has far more intricacy and imagination than Harry Potter or Which Witch or anything like that. Especially since Eager wrote this decades ago, when children's fantasy was much more scarce. The kids are all totally believable and enjoyable, and the various knights and ladies either make you cheer or boo, depending on whether they're despicable or not..
Utter not the words of power: "Lead soldiers!"
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When I was in Sixth Grade in 1964, my teacher read a chapter of this story at the end of each day. No one wanted to go home!!! It's a wonderful story about children who, because their father is ill, have to stay with their cousins. Their Aunt takes everyone to see the movie Ivanhoe and afterwards gives them a miniature castle complete with knights and ladies. Of course the kids designate these toys as the characters in the movie and you guessed it, the castle and the characters magically become alive. Nothing goes like the real story of Ivanhoe and there are many very funny magical adventures. I've read every Edward Eager book and this is the best one!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kate.Lepp@home.com on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Potter, Schmotter! As much as we loved the Harry Potter books, and my daughters and I devoured them, I knew they would love Edward Eager's books just as much, if not more. Believably real children, believable magic, everyday situations that turn out to be anything but, Edward Eager wrote about it all forty years ago. My older sister introduced me to Half Magic when I was about 8, and after reading the whole collection, I re-read them again in high school. Knight's Castle was always my favorite, for all the reasons mentioned by the other reviews, but also because it dealt with the very real situation of children who have more and children who have less, and how we all get along. I wonder, what is Edward Eager doing now? Does anyone know?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was 12, and I have never forgotten how much fun it was. I was very excited when I saw it resissued. I keep it on my desk with those special books that have found a place in my heart. Get it for your kids, but definitely read it yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Lord on July 31, 2002
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I first read Eager's books as a child and I have been reading them on and off for the last twenty-five years (I keep a complete collection in my bedroom and I read them whenever I want a good laugh).
Eager writes on two levels--there is something in this (and all of his books) for both children and adults. As a kid, I loved Roger, Ann, Eliza and Jack because they aren't perfect and because they have their own squabbles and flaws. As an adult, I find them refreshing in their honesty---Eliza, especially, always lets you know how she feels!
The story is wonderful and begins with the scenario of all great children's books (missing or distracted parents). Roger and Ann's father requires emergency surgery and the family travels east to Baltimore for the operation. A visit to Aunt Katherine's is to be dreaded b/c of cousins Jack and Eliza (as Ann puts it "Jack and Eliza---help!). Jack is camera-obsessed while Eliza was the bossiest nine year old on the block before she moved to Baltimore.
But...a magical gift from Uncle Mark brings the cousins together. A castle complete with all the characters from Ivanhoe comes magically alive every three nights and Jack, Eliza, Ann and Roger are soon embarked on a variety of quests. Somehow tho' nothing seems to work out quite as Roger, Jack, Eliza and Ann plan---Ivanhoe is nearly captured when Roger spills the beans about his hidden presence in the castle, an attempt to modernize 'ye merrie England' results in Ivanhoe's experimenting with space travel and so on. Gradually, Roger realizes that he needs to perform a great deed if he is to help his father recover and he, Ann, Jack and Eliza draw on their own inner strengths to perform the necessary quest and save chivalry for ever.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
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I first read this book when I was eight. I'm currently working on a MA in literature, and of everything I've read, this remains my all time favorite.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1998
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My oldest sister introduced me to Eager's book when I was 10 and she was 26. Now I'm 32 and I'm hoping to reintroduce this and other Eager books to the children in my family. Knight's Castle is the perfect bedtime read-out-loud kind of book and will make any child believe magic could happen to them.
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