Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George is the book that was calling to me from the Book Fair shelves a few weeks back. A girl on the cover carrying books and papers with a brainy expression on her face? Of course it was calling to me. Once I read the back of the book, it was mandatory that I bring it home. See for yourself:
Every Tuesday, Castle Glower takes on a life of its own. It grows new rooms, creates secret passages, and even invents entire wings- all by itself! No one knows why or how, and only Princess Celie takes the time to record the Castle's many twists and turns.
The premise of a magic castle brought to mind the love I had as a child for The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop . As a matter of fact, I still love that book and I would highly recommend it as well. In Tuesdays at the Castle , I adored Princess Celie. She is a refreshingly strong female character who takes risks to protect her family and their cherished home, the Castle. She is smart and brave and loyal and thoughtful, all characteristics I hope to encourage in my own daughter, and in myself for that matter. I truly enjoyed this book and it is now on our family summer reading list. I am delighted to see that it is the first in a series. The second book, Wednesdays in the Tower , will be released this coming May.