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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tuesdays at the Castle
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906447
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JESSICA DAY GEORGE is the author of Princess of Glass and Princess of the Midnight Ball as well as three novels in the Dragon Slippers series. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and was a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady before becoming a writer. Jessica lives with her husband, their two young children, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin, who often makes cameo appearances in her books. www.jessicadaygeorge.com

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It's all about the books. Friends, family, school, "real jobs", they were just obstacles to be tackled so that I could return to my true love: books. All I have ever wanted in this world is to read and write books. My criteria for choosing a purse is that it must be able to fit a paperback book inside. I took books on my honeymoon, and bought more while we were there. I picked my major because it looked like I would get to read a lot of books, and also I thought it would provide me with interesting background information for my own books (which it did), so I now have a BA in Humanities -Comparative Literature with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. From the time I was twelve on up, I told people that I wanted to be a writer. When they said, "So, you'll teach and then maybe try to write a book?" I would just shake my head. No, I was a writer, and that was all I wanted to do. Over the years I have lived in Idaho, New Jersey, Delaware, and now Utah, because it doesn't matter. I can read and write anywhere. I've worked at a wedding invitation factory (Bet you didn't know they made them in big scary factories, did you?), at a video store (back at the birth of DVD), at libraries and bookstores, and even been an office lady at a school while I waited to get published. I knew that I would be published eventually, because . . . well, I just had to be.

Now, don't get me wrong, I have other interests. I took eight years of German, four of Norwegian, and even studied Old Norse so that I could read the great Viking sagas in the original language. I knit like a maniac: hats, scarves, sweaters, dog sweaters, socks, felted purses, you name it. I play the piano and viola, love to travel and to watch movies. I have a husband and three kids and a dog . . .

But mostly, it's about the books.

Visit Jessica at http://www.JessicaDayGeorge.com

Customer Reviews

This story was one of the best books I have read I can not wait to.read another one of her books!
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The characters are very well done, the story is engaging and it's overall very lighthearted and fun.
Stephanie White
I'd recommend this book to any young (or not so young) reader who likes a good, imaginative fantasy.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By mgw VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
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This is by the same author as Dragon Slippers/Flight/Spear but aimed at a slightly younger audience.

Celie is 11-years-old and the youngest princess in Castle Glower. And everybody knows the Castle loves her best. When the Castle is bored, which it usually is on Tuesdays since that is the day King Glower the 79th hears petitions, it opens up a new set of rooms. And one of Celie's favorite habits is to explore the Castle, mapping out the new rooms and finding it's secret passageways.

When Celie's eldest brother graduates from Wizard College, the king and queen leave Castle Glower to attend his graduation. When their carriage is attacked by bandits on the way back, everyone believes the worst but Celie, Rolf (the crown prince) and Lilah (Celie's very proper older sister) know they can't have been killed since the Castle hasn't changed anything about the king and queen's rooms. When foreign dignitaries arrive to "mourn" the passing of the king and queen, the royal children know that at least one of them is eyeing their kingdom in the hopes of taking over. The interlopers thought it'd be easy; what they failed to take into account was Castle Glower itself which helps the three royal children "play pranks" on those that would take what doesn't belong to them.

Some of the pranks are delightfully mischievous and would definitely appeal to the pre-teen reader. And some of Celie's escapades are quite daring. It has a very good pace to the plot and was never boring, even to me, and I am way outside the targeted audience range.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
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When tragedy strikes the royal family of Sleyne, Princess Celie works with her brother and sister to protect their home and save their kingdom. Celie may only be 11, but she's got the castle on her side with its ever changing floor plan, shrinking rooms, hidden passageways and more.

I absolutely loved this story. It was perfectly paced as it moved from introduction to political intrigue to danger and more. The story was both fun and serious. I couldn't put the book down because I had to know what happened next.

I loved the Castle. The kingdom knows that it is really the Castle who rules the land by deciding who is fit and who isn't. Those the Castle deems unworthy find their rooms shrinking and moving farther and farther away from the Throne Room, not to mention other mischief. Those the Castle favors find their rooms comfortable and convenient to find.

Princess Celie may be young, but she was a great character and easy to love and understand. Even though I'm in my 30's, I enjoyed reading about this young girl and her adventures. I laughed over the plots Celie and her siblings put into action and smiled over the way they cared for each other.

TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE was a fast and easy read. The chapters are rather short making it easy to read just one a night with your child. This was such a fun story that I can't wait to read it again only this time with my kids.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on October 16, 2011
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`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 .
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By never_more on December 16, 2011
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While I would put this particular book in the "independent readers) for difficulty, it deals with some older issues. Assassination, inheritance, lies, love, pretty much everything a good castle fantasy needs! It has a spunky young heroine girls can relate to, and many funny moments to alleviate some of the darker tones of the book. I enjoyed reading it, but the only reason I didn't like the book too much was the ending. I can't tell if it is supposed to lead into a sequel, or if it was just a hurried end. Everything finished off so quickly, it was hard to keep up with!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By small review on October 26, 2011
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~Six reasons I loved Tuesdays at the Castle~

1.Family

I thought Tuesdays at the Castle was going to be all about Celie, and while Celie is the main focus (the third person narration has a focus on her), her older brother and sister are just as important.

I loved this! The interaction between the siblings was sweet and fun. I actually loved Celie's brother and sister so much that I would read the story all over again told from each of their perspectives.

2. Pogue

This is a MG book, so the romance is really, really minimal (like, only implied), but Pogue is where it's at and his devil-may-care, charming and flirty personality makes him a character to watch.

Maybe we could get a book told from Lilah's perspective so I can get more Pogue (Pogue has a little thing going on with Celie's older sister Lilah)? I could go for that!

3. A character who owns a pile of puppies

Puppies! I'm firmly in the camp that believes puppies make everything better.

4. Celie

Celie is everything I want in a MC--she's inquisitive, determined, and she so gets the value of secret passageways.

Celie may be super awesome for standing up against some pretty rotten characters, but she's also a real girl with courage AND fears and I could totally relate to her while also admiring her.

Plus, she's a princess, so there's automatic points for that.

5. Castle Glower

If I hadn't already been sold on reading Tuesdays at the Castle because this is a Jessica Day George book and I'll read anything she writes, that castle that magically adds new rooms and features would have cinched the deal.

Half the reason I read so many castle/mansion books is because I get to explore big houses!
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