My entry for today's YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday is Jessica Day George's TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE.
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.
I read an ARC of this book in early October; it just officially released yesterday.
TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE is a wonderful, quick read for middle grade fantasy fans. I liked the story and the characters--I may have to look into other books by this author while I wait for news about the next book in the series. I'd recommend it to any middle schooler or young teen, as well as the parents, teachers, and librarians who care about them.
The only thing about TUESDAYS that did not work for me is the title: while the description says that the Castle changes on Tuesdays, in actuality it seems to add or move rooms whenever it needs to, with no mention of Tuesday in the text. But, really, this is something I can live with.
I'm currently reading THE SHINING by Stephen King to reflect the Halloween mood I've been in since early September (my upcoming trip to 13 Screams will be epic), but it's not exactly a kids' book. :)
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