Middle Grade Review: Tuesdays at the Castle


Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Age Range: 8 and up

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Castle Glower #1

Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Tuesdays at Castle
Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays
the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing.
No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than
Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when
King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to
Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists
and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful
book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series
sure to become a modern classic.

About the Author:

Jessica Day George likes
chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and
her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her.
For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more
smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are,
even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she has
a Maltese named Pippin, and grew up with a poodle mix and a Brittany
Spaniel). You could talk about Norway, and how it’s the Greatest Place
On Earth, and Germany, The Second Greatest Place On Earth. You could
ask her about yarn, and indicate a willingness to learn to knit your own
socks, if you can’t already do so.

And, well, you could talk
about books. Jessica’s books, other people’s books. It’s really all
about the books. To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, Friends, family, school,
they were just obstacles in the way of getting more books.

She would like it if books came with chocolate to eat while reading them.

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My Thoughts:

I loved it! It’s no secret that I love middle grade fantasy, but
really, who can blame me? Jessica Day George really shines in this
genre. She creates a unique setting for her book, realistic and lovable
characters, and the appropriate amount of suspense for her audience.

The main character, Celie, is the perfect heroine and a wonderful role
model for young girls.  She is spunky, intelligent, independent, and
fiercely loyal.  When things fall apart, she takes matters into her own
hands and doesn’t sit around waiting for someone else to solve the
problem.  Highly recommended for girls and boys that like fantasy or
fairy tales.

Content: clean

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  • Reply
    June 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This sounds delightful and I love the new rooms on Tuesdays and that cover is whimsical and gorgeous!

    • Reply
      June 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

      This is a seriously delightful series. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will like these books.

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