Friends, I LOVE it when setting is a character and Tuesdays At The Castle by Jessica Day George just fuels this love. When King and Queen Glower disappear and are considered to be dead, a few opportunists try to shove out Celie and her siblings Lilah and heir Rolf. Celie, however, turns to Castle Glower in her time of need.
You see, Castle Glower is no ordinary castle. Every Tuesday, it changes with a new room and Castle Glower is infused with magic. Princess Celie is very kind and respectful of the castle and in return the castle helps her and her siblings out by locking certain rooms and making accommodations crappy for the usurpers.
Yo, you ever see Home Alone and secretly fantasize about being Kevin Macalister and setting traps for stupid burglars? This is a safe place, c’mon you can admit it. Well, Tuesdays At The Castle by Jessica Day George is very much like Home Alone – obviously with the kids alone and holding down the fort and friends, I LOVED that. Probably because I am a 12 year old on the inside, but really, I just love reading about the ingenuity of kids.
Celie as the main character is wonderful. She has gumption. She is very much the fight back type and I love that, while her siblings (also lovely) keep a cool head. I identified with Celie because she just wants to hurry with the plan and rush in and that’s kind of what I would do myself.
Tuesdays At The Castle by Jessica Day George is a fantastic afternoon read that will have you giggling and wondering what the outcome will be for the three Glower children. Middle grade fans, get on this wonderful book.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library (YAY LIBRARIES ILY)
This is a CYBILS nominee.