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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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Orphan Queen

orphan queenTitle: Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Orphan Queen
Recommended for: Grades 6 and Up
Pages: 391 pages

Synopsis: “Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable. Wil can’t trust anyone. She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the other.”

I feel this book has a lot going on, wraith attacks, glowmen, vigilante, and Wil trying to get her kingdom back.  As the book goes on you see how it is all connected. Wil knows how to fight and take care of herself, but can be reckless.  I think that is why some will really enjoy this book.  I think those who love adventure and action will like this book.  I am hoping that the next book will explain a little more about the wraith.(I would have liked more on in this book, but it is setting up the series).


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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen


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From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Title: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
Recommended for: Grades 2-5
Pages: 182
Call Number/Link: J FICTION CABOT, M.Middle school princess

Synopsis: Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren’t average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn’t want to complain). Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she’s knocked down at thebus stop. Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles. Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn’t so average after all!

Review:  I can start by saying that I have read all of the Princess Diaries books and just about everything else that Meg Cabot has written.  I really enjoy her funny and snarky characters.  Although Princess Olivia is a lot more innocent and trusting than her other protagonists, I liked her too. Olivia is also biracial, which is something I like to see in book characters.  This is a really cute story with a lot of similarities to the original Princess Diaries series, but since it is written for a younger age group, it wasn’t a problem for me. Meg Cabot has also just released a new Princess Diaries book,  Royal Wedding (an adult book, Mia is 26 now)  which tells the story about Princess Mia finding out about Olivia while planning her wedding to long time boyfriend Michael.

I am looking forward to other books in the Princess Olivia series and I would recommend for girls who still like princesses or looking for a good girl book.

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Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized


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The Heir

The heir 2Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Series book 4
Recommended for:
Pages: 346 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION CASS, K. 

Synopsis:  Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story … but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. 

I enjoyed the book, but didn’t feel as connected with Eadlyn as I did with America.  I did enjoy seeing how some of her dates unfolded.  Eadlyn is a very strong female who struggles with letting people in and showing any weakness.  I feel that with the first 3 books in the series that the girls in the selection were put through test and challenges to see if they could handle being Queen.  Book 4 is looking at the guys selection and it just seems like very little is asked of them to show they can handle being King.  I hope in the next book that is addressed.

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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Romance, Teen


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The Princess in Black

Princess in

Title:   The Princess in Black
Author:   Shannon Hale
Series:   First book in Princess in Black series
Recommended for:   grades K-3
Pages:   89 p.
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION HALE, S.

Rating:   ****




Synopsis:   Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . .Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? This is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.   (Amazon description)

Comments:   This early chapter book is light, fluffy and features a princess who secretly has mad ninja skills.  Need I say more?  I think girls in grades 1-3 will love it.  So will younger girls whose parents/caregivers read them chapter books.  But what about the boys?  I don’t imagine them snatching the book off the shelf due to the title and cover, but the ninja and monster action will keep them interested once they start reading (or listening).  There’s a goat boy in the book who would like to help the princess vanquish monsters.  A male sidekick could help attract boys to the series….

Did I mention that the princess has a pony with a secret identity???


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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Adventure, Juv


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