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Tuesdays at the Castle Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to read aloud to my 1st grader as a "fluff" book for our homeschool study of the Middle Ages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SurferMom
I read this book aloud to my children and they didn't want me to put it down. Fun book with cute story!Published 2 months ago by Kalie
This is an exceptional book. I love Princess Celie's character. She is strong and independent and she believes in the castle's magic more than anyone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
Wow. This is the first book I hav read by Jessica Day George, an I have to say I really liked it. It was amazing how I almost felt like I was in the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurie
Good for adults or kid. Lot of adventure and great characters. Love the enchanted castle lots of plots. Very goodPublished 4 months ago by ed
Love these great stories that authors write that are so good for youth and adult reads, I truly like this series. It goes well to entertain. Great reads!Published 4 months ago by Mona Poe
It kept our 9 year old entertained. We read every night before bed. His dad and I were both sick and we ordered the narration version- we all enjoyed it!Published 4 months ago by E Bready