Author: Jessica Day George
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.