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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle

by Jessica Day George

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Title:Tuesdays at the Castle
Authors:Jessica Day George
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2012), Edition: 1, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Upper Elementary Levels, Your library
Tags:Chapter Book- Adventure

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The author is Tuesdays at the Castle is Jessica Day George, who is a young American author who focuses her writing towards children. She generally writes adaptations of classic fairytales and gears them toward young readers. She has received many positive reviews from various critics and has several series published.

There are many characters in Tuesdays at the Castle, but the main character in Princess Cecelia, also known as Celie. She truly loves her family, her kingdom, and her castle, and proves that love and friendship can never silence a bond between friends. Other characters, such as Princess Lilah and Prince/King Rolf, are included in the action and we see how they interact with Celie and the Castle when obstacles come their way and try to take over the Kingdom. Other characters that take a nasty turn are the trusted Emissary, and the not-so-trusted Prince Khelsh. The characters appear in the story and the royal children learn how to rely on each other and the Castle to make it through the seemingly-impossible situations. The plot of the book is that the royal children, Celie, Lilah, and Rolf, find out terrible news that shakes their lives and their precious Kingdom. As they find out that many of their trusted elders are actually against them and plan to take over the Kingdom, they must rely on each other to bring them down and bring Castle Glower and the Kingdom back to its glory. A theme of this book is the theme of love and friendship, and how even through opposition, love and friendship always prove to overcome evil. Celie and her siblings experience this multiple times throughout the book, and especially at the end, when the final battle happens. The setting of this book is in a magical Kingdom where their precious Castle Glower is actually magical and alive. The Castle moves and takes a particular liking to the young princess Celie. The family lives in this Castle and experiences the magic of moving rooms and the magic of love and friendship.

Tuesdays at the Castle is about a royal family who faces extreme opposition when the King and Queen take a journey to see their oldest son graduate from Wizardry School. The younger three children, Rolf, Lilah, and Celie, and devastated to find out that their family was attacked on the way home by a team of assassins and have been killed. Slowly but surely, the people that were the closest and most trusted of the royal family turn against them in their own hunger for power and glory. The Royal Council attempts to take over all of Castle Glower, and Celie, Lilah, and Rolf have to band together to keep their Kingdom afloat and in the hands of the good. They face many obstacles and have to rely on love and friendship to make it through the terrible times.
This is shown when Rolf says, “If there were any doubts in my heart, the Castle would expose them. And if I were not a fit king, the Castle would have rejected me. But since it has not, I take up the crown and scepter that Castle Glower has been gracious enough to grant to me.” (88-89).
This is also shown when Rolf tells Celie, “The Castle caught you,”…… “No one has ever seen anything like it. The stones seemed to go soft under you, and you were lying there like an empress in a bed of silk when we reached you.” (222)

This book has an interesting storyline and keeps students engaged in the storyline, wondering what will happen next. This book also does a great job of incorporating language that students may not come into contact with on a regular basis and helps to grow their language and vocabulary. While this book has great educational value, it also is a fun read for students and would be something that students would enjoy. ( )
  rebeccafrady | Apr 16, 2015 |
Characters:Celie is the main character is this story. She is an 11 years old girl with a very stubborn, determined, and curious mindset alongside of a sassy attitude towards the regency. She is the most insightful about the Castle and collects the Castles’ secrets.
Lilah is the older sister who is more of a realist than Celie. She has a major crush on Pogue, but too prideful to admit it and is very motherly towards Celie.
Rolf, on the other hand, is their brother who always tries to stay strong for his sisters and to maintain respect with his royal title.
The Castle is alive and magical! It is on the Glower family’s side and defends them against the mischief and evil plots of the council. The Castle favors Celie and tells her its secrets to give the children an upper hand against the regency.
King and Queen Glower are the honest and loyal leaders to the royal thrown.
Prince Khelsh is power-hungry and seeks to take over the thrown and overrule Prince Rolf.
The council is corrupt and unjust in their betrayal against the royal Glower family.
Pogue is a handsome man who gets plenty of attention from females, including Princess Lilah. He is the messenger who went to look for King Glower, Queen Glower, and Prince Bran, and came back to deliver positive news of their safety. He is loyal to the Glower family and assists Rolf, Celie, and Lilah in their quest to overthrown the regency.
Prince Bran is the oldest royal son of the Glower family who is off at the College of Wizards.
Prince Lulath is a charming man in his twenties who catches the attention of Princess Celie’s.
Theme: magic, family, royalty
Setting: in the magic castle within different rooms
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: The story is about a royal family and a magic castle. Princess Lilah, Prince Rolf, and Princess Celie are given terrible news that their parents have had an accident and will not return to their children. Lilah, Rolf, and Celie struggle to fight the lack of authority in their own home. Celie has a close bond with the Castle which helps them stay in tune with the regency’s newest scheme to take over the thrown. With high hopes, they never stop awaiting the return of the loyal and honest King and Queen of Glower! ( )
  rem400 | Apr 14, 2015 |
This book is great for both boys and girls! It has that action and mystery that boys like but at the same time it is the princess and castle that every girl loves! It keeps the reader thinking what's going to happen next and who's guilty of the missing royalty! It encourages independent reading skills. It makes the child soon appreciate reading and possibly letting it become he or she's new hobby. It has a great scheme to being a book that your child will not want to put down. It starts off with a clever princess who lives in a castle full of magic. Suddenly tragedy strikes the kingdom and the children nor castle know what to do. What will happen next? Will the children be able to save the kingdom! Get this book and find out! ( )
  sidneyneal | Apr 12, 2015 |
Introduction: Tuesdays at the Castle, written by Jessica Day George, is about a magical castle, a royal family, and their uncertain future. Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, this mystery/ suspense fantasy appeals to not only younger ages, but also to older ages looking for an entertaining read.

Theme: In my opinion, the theme of this book is unity. Throughout the entire book, the Glower children had to work together with the help of the castle and a few allies to protect the castle and the land of Sleyne.

Plot: A malicious prince and disloyal council pay assassins to kill King and Queen Glower on their way back from their eldest son’s graduation. In doing this, the prince hopes to rule the land of Sleyne and its people.

Summary: Princess Celie loves Castle Glower, and the castle loves her back. The castle can love her back? Yes it can because this is no conventional castle. Castle Glower has an opinion about every person that enters the castle, and it’s been rumored the castle can make decisions as to who can and can’t stay in the castle. What is even more amazing, the castle is always changing, adding a new staircase or secret passageway or even a room to hide in. When the king and queen are professed murdered and Celie's brother, Rolf, becomes king, the Glower children need the castle more than ever. Are their parents truly dead? Who can they trust? Treason, betrayal, and heart ache are in store for this family. Will they get a happy ending? ( )
  alf275 | Apr 12, 2015 |
I never really liked this book because it was so hard to jump right into and indulge myself in. It is fantasy so that would make it appeal to young readers, however it goes very slow. I feel at times the author puts unnecessary things in the book that prolong the reading of the book. This book would definitely suit a reader in fifth grade because it does have some hard vocabulary as well as scenes in the book to digest. This is a chapter book and not a picture book, so children below fifth grade level probably should not read this book. Although it had some suspenseful moments overall this book was very dull and dry, and not the best book in the world to recommend to a student if he or she does like fantasy books. ( )
  ClaireFelder | Apr 9, 2015 |
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Introduction: Tuesdays at the Castle, written by Jessica Day George, is about Princess Celie and her siblings’ quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious disappearance of their royal parents. Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, ISBN 978-1-59990-917-2, the book appeals to those interested in fairy tales, castles, and princesses.

Character: Celie is a brave, eleven year old Princess who trusts and loves Castle Glower. Every Tuesday the castle changes, adding a new room or staircase or secret passageway. When Celie’s parents go missing and castle Glower is ambushed, Celie must save it. Here is an example of how much Celie loves the Castle; “Lilah said, will the Castle keep on showing us?” “Of course it will,” Celie said fondly. She patted the floor at her side. “Won’t you, my darling?” Celie was now thoroughly convinced that the Castle wasn’t just magic, but a living thing, and furthermore that it was firmly on their side. She thought she felt a quivering beneath her hand, as though the Castle were purring” (p.98).

Theme/Plot: The theme seems to be family. The author shows this throughout most of the book. Each of the characters have a specific place within the story and work together to achieve a common goal. Tuesdays at the Castle has a main conflict which gets resolved in the end.

Author: Jessica Day George has written other books like Thursdays with the Crown and Dragon Spear. She wrote Tuesdays at the Castle for her editor, Melanie, whom she says asked her for years to write something funny for young readers.

Summary: Castle Glower isn’t an ordinary castle. On Tuesdays it adds a new room, staircase, or passageway. When the King and Queen go missing, Princess Celie must use her secret knowledge of the castle to protect their kingdom.
added by CourtneyRice15 | editTeaching Lit, Courtney Rice (Apr 17, 2015)
A satisfying mix of Hogwarts and Howl's Moving Castle, Castle Glower helps its true citizens, but never at the expense of plot or character development.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Caitlin Augusta (Nov 1, 2011)
These kids are clever, as is George's lively adventure.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Sep 15, 2011)

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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.
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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.… (more)

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