`Tuesdays at the Castle' is the start of a new series from popular author Jessica Day George. Styled in the classic fantasy setting of knights, kings, princesses, evil councilors and magic castles; George adds a fun twist by giving the Castle Glower the unique power of change, and feelings. Eleven year old Princess Celie has a special relationship with the castle, and documents it's Tuesday architectural changes in her atlas. This becomes a key benefit when later her parents and older brother are attacked outside of the castle, and Celie and her brother Rolf and sister Lilah must navigate the treacherous duplicity of the King's councilors as they try and install the evil Prince Khelsh to the throne.
Descriptive, fast paced, with fun light-hearted characters, this is a great start to tale that has much more to give. Surprisingly advertised as a middle-grade novel, it really is an excellent read aloud for elementary school students, with it's vivid language, and detailed descriptions. The action never gets too scary or dark, so younger readers can definitely enjoy the magical transformations of Castle Glower, and the Glower children's bravery as they defend their home and realm .