Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George. October, 2011 (ARC copy).

Castle Glower has a mind of its own, literally. Every Tuesday it creates new rooms and corridors, and it shows preference for its guests by giving them bigger rooms and softer beds. The castle also loves the royal family, especially Celie, the youngest. Celie spends her time exploring the castle and trying to map out all the new additions. But when Celie’s parent’s are pronounced missing and then dead, it’s up to the rest of the children to save their kingdom not only from foreign countries bent on ruling Castle Glower, but also the royal council who refuse to let Celie’s brother Rolf rule on his own. Celie’s always counted on the castle to help them, but will it be there when they need it most?

One word came to mind when I finished this story; cute. Utterly and adorably cute. I loved little Celie with her quick thinking and bravery. Her relationship with the castle is endearing and powerful. When the castle comes under attack, Celie feels the affects. “A great pain ran through Celie, as though something had struck the top of her hand and the blow had jolted the nerves all along her left side.” The relationship between the three siblings felt very realistic as well. It was refreshing to read a story where a brother and his sisters got along and worked together. I thoroughly enjoyed George’s princess books, Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass, and although this book is written for a younger age, it is just as entertaining. Readers will rapidly turn the pages to see how the children will save their kingdom–which may or may not involve some pants ripping and lots of manure!

Very light on romance, this title is perfect for girls in upper elementary school or lower middle school.

Lindsey L.