Book source: Public library
“Whenever Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a room or two.” So begins Jessica Day George’s charming fairy tale, Tuesdays at the Castle, and from whimsical first sentence to suspenseful climax, the book is a gem. Eleven-year old Celie, the protagonist, is King Glower the 79th’s fourth and youngest child, and Castle Glower loves her. When the king and queen disappear while on a journey to see their eldest son graduate from the College of Wizardry, Celie, her sister Lilah, and their brother Rolf, the 14-year-old Crown Prince, find themselves facing a growing threat — to Rolf, to the Castle, and to the Kingdom. But the Royal children will do whatever it takes to defend Castle Glower and themselves — with the Castle’s help.
Jessica Day George combines whimsy, humor, mystery, and a dash of danger to concoct a truly delightful and original tale. I’d highly recommend it to readers of all ages; it would also make a terrific choice for reading aloud. Ages 8 and up.