Tag Archives: Fairy Tales

Tuesdays at the Castle

tuesdays at the castleTitle: Tuesdays at the Castle

Author: Jessica Day George

Series:Castle Glower

Recommended for: 2nd – 5th grader

Pages: 228 pages

Synopsis:Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday, and when the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie–the castle‘s favorite–with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

This is really a great read aloud for kids in Elementary School.  The main character is Princess Celie, but you learn about her siblings and dear friend Pogue.  Princess Celie makes maps of the castle to help everyone find there way.  She is a strong character, even though she is the youngest.  I like that her siblings do listen to her even if they are hesitant at first.  I was not going to finish this book at first because the parents get killed off in the first few chapters, but it is a good thing I kept going. (Just tired of parents getting killed off)  It has a nice pace between debating what to do and action.  I also like how the siblings pull together to help each other and the castle.  I am now going through the rest of the series.

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Juv


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The Siren

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Title:     The Siren

Author:   Kiera Cass

Series: N/A

Recommended for:   Ages 13-17

Pages:   336

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Cass, K.

Synopsis:   Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger…but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

This was such a spellbinding book.  I loved the way she writes the character so heart felt.  She is unique and feels so many things and does not know why until she asks the Ocean more questions.  The twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will never guess the ending.  Surprising what people keep hidden because they just don’t think it’s possible.  Can’t wait to for the sequel to see where she takes it, there are so many possibilities.  A great read for 8th grade and beyond.

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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance, Teen


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The Goblin Baby

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Title:   The Goblin Baby
Author:   Berlie Doherty
Series:   Stepping Stone Book
Recommended for:   kids who like fantasy, kids who are required to read fantasy for school, seems best for grades 3-5 – younger as a read-aloud
Pages:   120 pages
Call Number/Link:   J DOH

Rating:   ***





After nine-year-old Tam’s baby sister is stolen away by faeries and replaced by a goblin baby, he must journey to the land of the faeries to retrieve her and bring her back home.


It can be a challenge to find a fantasy book that is 100-150 pages long and will have appeal for kids who “don’t like fantasy.”  The Goblin Baby meets those criteria.  The story follows a traditional fairy/folk tale plot line.  The faeries come to a house with a young baby and snatch the baby, leaving a changeling (or goblin baby) in its place.  The baby’s older brother goes on a quest to get the baby from the faerie queen and king.  He needs to obey challenging rules to be able to get back home, and the faeries try to tempt him to break those rules.  The brother’s bravery, self-control and good heart ultimately save the day – and get his baby sister back.





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Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Juv


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Title:   Echo
Author:   Pam Munoz Ryan
Series:   not applicable
Recommended for:   Grades 6 and up
Pages:   585 pages
Call Number/Link:   TEEN FICTION RYAN, P.

Rating:   ****




Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.


I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about Echo so decided to read it. The book was well-written and I appreciated that the children in the book were able to survive very difficult, seemingly hopeless situations thanks to music.  (They were also helped by a magical harmonica).  I’m a fan of books with intertwining stories which come together at the end of the book.  There were moments when I couldn’t believe that the author would be able to pull off a logical ending that tied everything together, but she did.  The downside of the book was that I cried when the sadness of the children’s situations overwhelmed me.

Echo would be a great choice for readers who like tearjerkers, historical fiction (particularly World War II), music, and books with entwined stories.





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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Historical, Teen


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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Title:   Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon
Author:   Grace Lin
Series:  not a series, but companion book is Starry River of the Sky
Recommended for:  fifth grade and up
Pages:   278 pages
Call Number/Link:  J LIN

Rating:  *****

Newbery Honor Award



Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.


This is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read, and makes my lifetime top ten list.

The author blended a number of Chinese folk and fairy tales together to create an exciting adventure story.  The main character Minli loved listening to her father tell her a story every night.  Knowing the stories helped her on her quest to find and speak to the Old Man of the Moon.  She made various friends along the way, including a dragon, a buffalo boy and fun-loving twins A-Fu and Da-Fu.

The book is not an obvious “easy sell”, but it is sooooooo good.  I recommend it to all of you!  (And then ask that one of you figure out how to “sell it” to the kids.)

While the author drew her source material from folk and fairy tales, I think this book would still be appropriate for fantasy or adventure reading assignments.  It would also be good for an integrated unit study of China (history, customs, religion, literature) or for readers who like dragons and/or fearless female protagonists.


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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Adventure, Juv


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The Princess Spy

princess spyTitle: The Princess Spy

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Series: Fairy Tales Romance #5
Recommended for:  8th grade and Up
Pages: 293


Synopsis: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself ‘Lord Colin’ is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

Review: I thought this was just such a refreshing book. This author retells classic fairy tales with historical details. Since it is a Christian book series it had all the elements of a classic fairy tale in that it does not have foul language, and it alluded to many different relationships without going into detail.  Truly a clean and fun addition to the series.  I would recommend this to young girls looking for fairy tales but that are fun and interesting.  This story always keep you engaged, wanting more.  It is fairly short and a quick read.  You could recommend to younger middle schoolers if they wanted more mature content without the details.  I look forward to reading other novels in the series since it ties in all the different characters so well and give information about each character.

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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Fairy Tales, Historical, Romance, Teen


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