MG Review of Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

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Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
 
Grade Level: 3 – 6
 
Series: Tuesdays at the Castle #3
 
Hardcover: 224 pages
 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 7, 2014)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:


New York Times
bestseller Wednesdays in the Tower brought Princess Celie a new pet . . . What adventures will Thursday bring?

Castle
Glower has been acting weird, so it’s no surprise when two towers
transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize
that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids–along with Celie’s
pet griffin Rufus–set out through the forest to figure out where they
are and what’s happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover
two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle
Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle’s secrets than
Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This
bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle
Glower. Readers who’ve been enchanted by the Castle’s moving walls will
be delighted by the Castle’s rich and magical history.

About the Author:

Jessica Day George is the author of Tuesdays at the Castle and New York Times bestseller Wednesdays in the Tower,
as well as the Twelve Dancing Princesses series and Dragon Slippers
series. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University
and has been a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady
before becoming a writer. Jessica lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with
her husband, their three young children, and a five-pound Maltese named
Pippin who often makes cameo appearances in her books.  


My Thoughts:

I can’t help but love this series. While I didn’t love this book quite
as much as the first two, I still enjoyed it immensely. I love the
characters that Jessica Day George created and the friendships they
formed with each other. I liked their heroism and their selflessness.
Celie is a strong, capable young lady that makes a great role model for
young girls. I will definitely be reading these books to my own girls
when they are a little older.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book is the way the
castle plays such a small part in the story. In the other books, it was
central to everything, but it felt absent in most of this book. Even so,
I liked the adventure the kids went on, their problem solving skills,
and the way they worked together. The ending left me with the hope that
there might be more books in this series, but it also tied things up
nicely. If you are looking for a good, clean fantasy series for your
kids to read, you’ll definitely want to check this series out.

Content: Mild suspense

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
    September 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    this sounds excellent!

  • Reply
    Tressa S
    October 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I really loved the first book in this series that I read. I have this one to read as well and I'm bummed it wasn't as good, but I'll still be reading it.

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