Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle | Newbery and Beyond

I really enjoyed this book.  It was cute, adventurous, and magical, and there is a castle that builds new rooms and rearranges its layout in order to help its occupants (or hinder them, if the castle doesn’t like them)!  Castle Glower is especially fond of adding new rooms on Tuesdays, which makes it difficult for the occupants of the castle to navigate to the throne room or the kitchen in their usual ways.  Celie is a princess in this magical castle, and she is the one who knows the most about the castle’s secret rooms and passageways, as she has spent countless hours exploring and drawing maps of the various room changes.

When Celie’s parents, the king and queen, and her older brother are supposedly killed, the council and a foreign prince turn on Celie and her siblings.  The three siblings have to team up with the Castle Glower to rid themselves of the council, now the regency to Celie’s fourteen-year-old brother, Rolf, and the foreign royalty who are circling the weakened kingdom.  Celie discovers a new tower in which she and her siblings hide as the council takes over the castle, and the children fight back with the help of the castle and some loyal servants.

Really, the only thing I disliked about this book was that there wasn’t more about Castle Glower and its magical abilities!  I wanted to read more about what kinds of rooms and passages the castle could create, and about the difficulties it caused toward its occupants.  It could have been even more hilarious and magical.  Oh, well.  There is a sequel, so maybe we’ll hear more about the castle in that book!

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

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