the fact that my mom s reading this series aloud to my siblings totally counts as my having read it right RIGHT bc that s what I m gonna mark it as mwahahahaaaTHIS BOOK WAS SO FUN just loved the writing, the characters, the world building, the humor, and everything also my mom s voice and how she reads yeah now I can t even read these to myself cos it ruins it lolANYWAY LULATH IS THE BEST LULATH IS THE BEST LULATH IS THE BEST.ok sorry had to peace out D Well, that was a darling I loved the concept, and throughout the book, the castle got and unpredictable and downright fantastic Definitely not just a Tuesday thing Celie was a great main character I loved her curiosity and how adamantly certain she was about the meaning of some things the castle was doing This is so hard to keep spoiler free, can t you tell XD It was also brilliant fun how she was trying to map the ever changing castle Lilah was a classic older sister, a little worried and disapproving but caring deeply about her younger siblings Rolf was one of my absolute favorite characters He was wise and brave, as a prince should be, but also all boy and slightly or maybe quite mischievous I loved their sibling dynamic too The children were in a pretty bad situation, it s true, but I love how the castle kept them safe and mostly informed throughout There were also a few amazing, loyal adults to help them which was great It certainly eased my inner mom s worries some XD I loved the surprise ally they met too he was really sweet.There was also a ton of spying and sneaking and even sabotage D D Very fun Throughout the book, there were mentions of magic a brother training to be a wizard, finding someone by using magic, and the castle itself, of course as well as mentions of fairy folk and the arrival of one mythical creature but there wasn t any than I d expect from a fairytale, so I was perfectly comfortable with it Unfortunately, the climax was a little bit magical with the bad guys using a spell written out in the book which is something I never care for.Just a note, the young prince was in danger of assassination throughout, and the youngest girl was in extreme danger at the climax, but you are very sure that the castle will save protect them There were also suspected deaths of family members, one use of the word blasted , and a young man who unabashedly flirted with all the girls Also, when one of the girls mentions she wants to see a man s rooms purely for spying purposes , some of the adults are a little shocked Best quote I already have a plan, Celie said, raising her hand as she would with her tutor Do you Rolf s eyes gleamed What is it I don t think you ll like it, Lilah, Celie apologized straightaway It involves manure a great deal of manure Rolf started to laugh again Altogether, I quite enjoyed this very safe adventure. 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 need to mention I received this book from GoodReads giveaways.Princess Celie is the youngest daughter of a royal couple who reside in Castle Glower The latter is not a regular castle, but something which as Celie suspects possesses some intelligence It is also grows by itself every Tuesday adding new rooms and making it very hard to navigate it Hogwarts instantly comes to mind Due to a series of seemingly unrelated unfortunate incidents, it is up to Celie and her slightly older siblings Rolf and Lilah to defend their castle and the kingdom from inside and outside threats.It is a children book as and such it is an easy read The writing style works very well for this genre The three siblings I mentioned make good characters albeit not completely fleshed out, but once again it is a children book not a one with deep character study I really like the castle itself, it felt mysterious and intriguing, but never gloomy or spooky.On the other hand it looked to me like Lilah and Celia took somewhat passive resistance, but I do not see what else they could do considering their young age At least Rolf was able to use some diplomacy and delay tactics to keep things from blowing up.After everything said and done, it was an easy read worth 3.5 stars but unfortunately I do not feel it deserves a higher rating I still have high hopes for the next books in the series This review is a copy paste of my BookLikes one I made the mistake of picking this up after midnight not telling how far after midnight to settle down a bit before bed Four hours later yes, I know, I m actually kind of a slow reader certainly compared to some I finished the book with a sense of satisfaction that overrode the impending doom of waking in two hours to go to work.This book is aimed at a bit younger audience than I usually read middle grade I love YA novels and wouldn t dream of disparaging a book based on its target market, so don t take that as limiting or a condemnation I note it as a way of highlighting how very well written and engaging the book is The protagonist, Celie, is 11 and the writing is about that grade level as well I imagine that kids around that age, and a few years on either side, will find it a natural read But the book is also completely accessible to older audiences, and even if you re like me captivating.The central conceit of the novel, a magically sapient castle, is enchantingly drawn Castle Glower, you see, chooses its own royalty One royal council took a week of the butcher I think I don t have the book with me while writing this review accidentally walking into their meetings before taking the hint and crowning him the next king One heir found himself rejected because he was a nincompoop The current royal family descendants of the former butcher have come to truly love the castle and the youngest daughter, Celie, has developed a closer relationship to it than most She has been working on her atlas for years and enjoys exploring new rooms and revising maps based on new additions and subtractions.The book starts light I laughed once per page, on average I know because I kept track We get to know Celie as her parents are leaving to attend the graduation of their oldest son in a city somewhat distant the castle hinted he d be a better wizard than heir so the second oldest is heir It doesn t take long, however, for dire events to catch up with Celie and her two siblings left home alone I was so engaged in this part of the book that I only just now identify as a parent with similarly aged kids who face danger while they re away from home While reading, I was with the kids all the way and wanted to be with them as a peer rather than parental problem solver The Glower children, the oldest of whom left at home is 14, have to deal with diplomacy and tragedy and band together to fight off forces bent on taking over the kingdom using nothing but their wits, what they ve learned from their parents, and what they know about the unique aspects of Castle Glower.What follows is a ripping good adventure story And that, alone, would be enough to make this an excellent book But Jessica Day George imbues the tale with additional wisdom, charm, and wit as the children try different tactics, work together, and learn to parse friend from foe In the end, the story is about loyalty and love, teamwork and respect, betrayal and responsibility, and standing up to greed and malice even against forces that appear overwhelming.I have no hesitation recommending this book to anybody who likes a good story The characters are charming and that includes the castle Rumor is that this is the first in a series and I fervently hope that is true. Beware I m sick and don t have it altogether so this review might be a bit fangirling than review When I first started this story I thought it was going to be a bit zany and with of a Christopher Healy vibe after all, we have a castle that magically rearranges itself to order.Boy, was I wrong This book was whimsical, but definitely not wacky And while there is a gentle, sophisticated humor throughout the book, the style is never zany Beautifully and poignantly written when I the reader first received news that the Queen and King were dead I felt the blow as keenly as the characters, and quickly realized, like them, that I was deeply immersed in a delicate game of politics and a heartfelt story of a family pitted against the odds Wonderful style and perfect plot AND CAN I JUST SCREAM FOREVER ABOUT THE CHARACTERS Oh my goodness, the characters Every single one of them was solid gold I can t remember a book off the top of my head where I loved every character I especially loved Pogue and Lulath eeek And of course, Castle Glower itself is a character in and of itself rather reminding me of the Enterprise of Star Trek the Original Series, when the inanimate ship had a kind of personality and heart It was also a treat to read a story about siblings that actually LIKE each other and work as a team what a rare delight It s just been a while since I read that magically captivated me like this book I want to hug it, stroke it, and perhaps keep it under my pillow.More shocking then that I am actually going to buy a brand new, hardcover copy of this instead of buying a cheap copy because this is a book to treasure and admire forever When I closed this book, it was with a bit of an achy panic how COULD the adventures of Castle Glower be over And then I turned the page, and lo and behold, there was a sneak peak of book two Oh joyous tidings I instantly Googled it and realized there is an entire SERIES I m coming for you AND I AM LOSING MY MIND WHILE I WAIT FOR MY LIBRARY S TO SEND ME THE REST OF THE SERIES. Whenever I read a book aimed at a young audience I have to pause and consider how I might have enjoyed it at the age for which it was written, especially if I see glimpses of a really good book in a might have been good.This was one of those books If I d read it at age nine, I would have loved it to pieces Though I would have been convinced that the author stole my castle of appearing and disappearing rooms, but that, as they say, is another story The main thing is, at nine, I believed that adults were largely stupid They spouted a lot of rules that they didn t obey themselves, they occupied themselves with the boringest of activities smoking, card parties, sports, cocktails, politics while disapproving of fun stuff climbing fences, exploring on bikes, making up games that lasted days So I would have been totally down with a book in which all the adults are profoundly stupid so that only the eleven year old can figure out what is going on, and make a plan to right the wrongs.Also, at age nine, I knew little enough of physics to accept a kid who is as light as a foal being able to knock over two heavy guards in rushing past, etc.The main idea of this book, the castle that chooses the kings of its valley, and takes care of good and bad people by imaginative means, is delightful Celie s plans for routing the evil prince and the evil councillors some of whom had the same soubriquet, Emissary, which confused me were funny and imaginative I loved how well the siblings got along, and that the teens respected Celie, though she was the youngest.But adult me found the world building little better than a Hollywood backdrop, the king criminally ignorant he really didn t know about the evil prince s relations at home and other related questions somewhat distracting There was no sense of immediacy because everything was so conveniently altered according to whim, that I found it easy to put the book down to read something gripping, even though it isn t very long.So it goes in that pile that I will take back with me if a time machine is built, so that I can hand it off to my third grade self, who had read everything in the school library and was desperate for new books I would have adored it unreservedly, because at age nine or ten I was the audience the author wrote for. When I was 10 my dad had me help him sheetrock the basement ceiling He piled three phone books on the tallest chair in the house, told me to scramble up as he stood on the ladder next to the chair holding a heavy piece of sheetrock flush with the ceiling He needed help holding the sheetrock while attaching it to the ceiling Sweat trickled down his face as I quickly clambered on top of the slippery phone books Once my head was in position, he used a noisy power drill shooting screws into the sheetrock around me, making my perch unsteady and sending a fine spray of white powder that fell like snow on everything and everyone in the room After sheetrocking, he taped and textured the ceiling in a unique design that I had never seen before on any of my friend s ceilings As an architect, my dad s house has always been like a member of the family Doors were built by him, rooms redone by him, rooms added by him, murals put on the walls by him the design of the house was a product of his imagination the yard his secret garden He is so bonded to the house that at times he ll talk about it in the third person Family members look at each other and go, huh We don t really get it, to be honest How can a person be so attached to a house Yet, we don t really think of the objects that we re attached to in our own life Maybe we don t name them, but we do develop attachments For some, it might be their cell phone For me, is it my computer His just happens to be a building Celie in this book reminds me of my dad except she s bonded to a magical castle It protects her and she loves it like a family member Her bond is so strong that those who know her well recognize that love They may go, huh, like we do with my dad, but they respect her for that connection and rely on her to communicate with the castle when they sense danger.Celie is eleven and pouting because she can t go with her parents to pick up her brother from graduation from the College of Wizardry She is left with her good natured brother, Rolf, and bossy sister, Lilah Celie loves the castle that creates new rooms when it is bored rooms with bouncy floors, slides, and sizes or contents inside that stretch and shrink at whim and with purpose umm dad I want a bouncy floor in my old bedroom, if you are reading this When Celie s parents get ambushed and are presumed dead, foreigners from neighboring kingdoms invade the castle and plot to dethrone Rolf, the newly crowned king The three siblings have to bond together and seek the castle s help in preventing this coup.Celie is a spunky character who changes from an innocent child in the beginning to one who must work with her siblings as a political takeover emerges around them The three bicker somewhat in the beginning but bond together in their time of need recognizing each others strengths and using them to rid their beloved castle of the enemy Celie is the mapmaker of the castle and knows its perimeters better than anyone Rolf, is good at handling people and is able to hold off the Regents Lilah is super dooper organized and helps run the castle household or plan an attack on the enemy The attacks begin as silly pranks that kids will enjoy that delay Rolf from signing a succession which he knows will be a death warrant When the stakes get higher and the pranks are stopped, the tension mounts and Celie must act mature Strong willed and strong minded she takes up the task that makes for an exciting end to the story.The author shows that not all of the Regents are villainous, but some are cowards They are afraid to stand up for what is right Celie calls them on this at the end and when they confess and turn to help her, it is a great example of how to try to correct a mistake Also, Celie forgives them and does not harden her heart against their lack of judgement She s angry and shouts but in the end does the right thing Her leadership and good innocent heart make her an endearing character She vacillates between being a child and acting like an adult and this makes her authentic as well In this book when she grabs her old stuffed toy for comfort, it is touching and rings true to the character That said, it is going to appeal to fantasy or fairy tale lovers in grades 4 6 I don t think it will appeal to older teens because the protagonist is young The only hint of romance is between Pogue and Lilah The author keeps you guessing with Pogue as to what side he s on in the beginning which makes for some nice tension, but it is pretty clear whose side he is on after the first third of the book.A couple of things I wished were different but that didn t take away from my enjoyment were that I wanted the spy to use something original than an invisibility cloak however, kids will love the nod toward Harry Potter Another thing I wanted to know was how Lilah changed the table into a pulley system Celie tells Lilah to use the table chair to hold her as she rappels down the wall and Lilah takes it further and invents a pulley system The author does a great job showing the ingenuity of the kids as they deal with the enemy as pressure increases for Rolf to do the Regents bidding I wondered why the omnipresent castle didn t spit out Khelsh and the Emmissary in the beginning since it had that capability Perhaps if Khelsh had crippled the castle in the beginning while practicing some black magic so that it couldn t get rid of them Just a thoughtJust like my dad s home or castle is an extension of his imagination and creativity in design, the castle in this book is an extension of Celie, who is growing up and becoming independent She draws strength from the castle s stone when she needs to be brave or bold She looks to it for guidance, protection, and wisdom When it can no longer protect her she must rely on her own strength and ingenuity to stand up for what is right I believe I get it now My dad I mean Let this novel turn your huh s into aha s and make you marvel at the extension of Jessica Day George s creativity and imagination Check out these similar booksMuseum of Thieves has a building that s alive but that building is unpredictable and on the edge of being out of control Good for younger students Incarceron has an evil building with romance and violence that is for older teens. Review also posted at Fantasy Literature Though I enjoy some YA fiction, I don t read many middle grade books at this point in my life unless my 12 year old really twists my arm But the idea behind Tuesdays at the Castle just sounded so fun that I couldn t resist when I saw it on the library shelf Its pages were waving to me, I swear Eleven year old Princess Celie and her royal family live in Castle Glower, which has a life and sometimes quirky opinions of its own and takes an interest in the affairs of the kingdom Rooms and corridors appear and disappear, or move from one part of the castle to another, or grow or shrink depending on whether the person staying in the room is favored by the castle or not Castle Glower also takes an active role in choosing the next ruler the current king s 8x great grandfather had become king when Glower the Sixty ninth s only heir had turned out to be a nincompoop Legend had it that the Castle had repeatedly steered the old king s barber to the throne room for days until the Royal Council had him declared the next king, while the young man who should have been Glower the Seventieth found himself head down in a haystack after having been forcibly ejected from the Castle through the water closet.The Castle also intervenes in love lives Celie s father, the king, married the beautiful daughter of the Royal Wizard when the Castle guided them into the same room and then sealed the doors for a day When the king and queen disappear on a trip and are presumed dead, Celie and her older brother and sister are left to hold the kingdom together, which becomes even difficult when some neighboring princes with their guards and entourages come for the memorial service and won t leave, and the Council proves untrustworthy Luckily the Castle is on their side Tuesdays at the Castle is charming and enjoyable, even for some older readers It had enough tongue in cheek humor to make the story go down easily and it kept me interested to the end, though I really wish I could have read this when I was twelve My 12 year old son gave it a big thumbs up Tuesdays at the Castle now has four sequels, so there s lots fun and adventure with Celie and her beloved Castle for readers who enjoy this one. I am a fan of Jessica Day George There is no denying that But most of what I ve read by her has been on the YA side than the middle grade side, so even though I was super excited for Tuesdays at the Castle, there was still the question of whether I would like her MG stuff I m not sure why I was worried It flowed along so well and kept me going Two sittings and I pretty much engulfed it all, continuously telling myself I should stop after X, I should stop after Y and I just couldn t seem to do it.Tuesdays at the Castle is absolutely darling I don t know how to make that not sound like a creepy old aunt who wants to pinch people s cheeks, but it s true, it was darling There is aneffervescence to George s characters that I just love, and Celie was no exception I guess if I m being honest, I kinda did want to pinch her cheeks George has a talent for writing books that are wholesome without being boring or saccharine, and are just plain fun to boot Parents will find little that is objectionable in Tuesdays at the Castle for the most part I mean, an assassination attempt on a 14 year old might be a little harder to explain to someone on the younger side of the scale, but generally it is very clean and handles delicate situations without being too adult or inappropriate, but ALSO without making light and taking away the tension And even though it will get the parent approval stamp, it s never in that way that it ends up being off putting for kids mom said I can read it and now I don t want to It s a great adventure story with kids at the helm, and because of that, it is delightful.I think so many kids are going to read this and root for the children of Castle Glower as they outsmart and one up the scheming adults in the story I think this is one that will capture a lot of hearts and imaginations The added fantastical element of the living Castle Glower and Celie s relationship with it lends a great magic to the story It feels so companionable, and the Castle really becomes a character of its own, and you care about it just as much as you do its inhabitants The relationship amongst the siblings was nice, too, with good dynamics and distinct personalities They each have their thing that sets them apart, and their take on the situation and what to do, and they work together and play off of each other nicely But it s the the relationship between Celie and the Castle that really stands out and sets the book apart It s such a fun fantastic take on a story, and to give a place such personality will really appeal to young readers and old readers and those in between It s just this great adventure story, without ever having left home.I think what I like the most though is that even though it s a series, it makes a great stand alone It s so rare to get any book that functions as a complete story in and of itself these dayss This is the beginning to a series of course , but George understands the need for completion and she doesn t leave the reader hanging as so many do, or toss in some cliff hanger or hook for the next book She and her publishers, thank god seem to realize that if you just do the book well people will read the rest No gimmick required It s so nice to get a self contained story where everything is wrapped up nicely, there is a beginning middle end, etc a clear cut everything, settled and whole, that leaves you feeling as if it s complete I appreciate that, I really do, even if I do intend to read the next book and I do.This one hits stores in about 1 month, and if you re a teacher or have kids in this in between age where they need something that will hold their attention without being too adult, this is definitely one for the to get list.
Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go smoothly You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them You could discuss dog breeds she had a Maltese named
- 225 pages
- Tuesdays at the Castle
- Jessica Day George
- 01 October 2019 Jessica Day George