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Tuesdays at the Castle

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Member:MaryARogers
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
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Tags:Chapter Book- Adventure

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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Introduction: Tuesdays at the Castle is about a brave princess who does whatever she needs to do to protect the kingdom and castle she loves so much. It was published by Bloomsbury USA in 2011 with the ISBN of 9781599906447.

Character: The characters of this story are based on the Glower children and their friends. The children include Deliah, Rolf, and Cecilia as the main characters of the book. The King and Queen are included with their oldest son Bran. The servants and Prince Lulath act as allies throughout the book. The Council, Emissary, and Prince Khelsh are the well-known evil characters or villains in the story.

Theme/Plot: I believe the theme of the story was heroism. The royal family faces so much tragedy in the beginning of the book it was unclear to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But with the help of their magical castle and allies, the siblings are able to band together to construct a plan to win. The youngest princess Celie seems to take the bull by the horns at the end of the story to try to lead her family to victory after the evil powers band together to plan an attack. It is interesting to see how things being to unfold and who is responsible for what either good or bad.

Author: Jessica Day George is an American author mainly known for her young adult literature. She was born in October of 1976 and began her writing career in the year 2007. She has one a few awards in her time for her different series of books such as the New York Best Selling Author and the Whitney Award.

Summary: The King and Queen of Glower leave the castle to go bring their oldest son Bran home from graduation of the School of Wizardry when something terrible happens. This leaves the castle in the hands of their other children Deliah, Cecilia, and mainly Prince Rolf. Friends from foreign countries come into the castle to attend a ceremony when things begin to get interesting. There comes a plan to overthrow the kingdom and take over by another party. With help from their friends and the magical castle, maybe the children can keep their kingdom safe and secure. ( )
  Logan.Nault | Apr 24, 2017 |
The book Tuesdays at the Castle is adventurous and filled with themes that most parents wouldn’t allow their children to watch on television, let alone read. It is in these themes where the story is enjoyable. Death is certain, sometimes at the hands of other people, but if we fight for what is right, those people will always lose. Family must stick together to get through hard times. We’re shown that in this book from the siblings who come together to take down a truly terrible person. Rolf, Lilah, and Celie live in the Castle Glower. Every Tuesday the castle uses magic to change its many hallways and staircases and even the rooms. After receiving some bad news, the siblings must band together to rid the castle of a person who only wants the worst for them. This theme alone, runs the plot of this book and develops the characters in a way that helps us understand their growth.
In writing her characters, Jessica Day George revels in the thought of a young girl being the hero of a fantasy novel. This space would usually be preserved for the boys, as they are the ones most likely to read fantasy. The joy felt when a young lady can do what a young boy can do, if not better, is engrossed in Ms. George’s choice of ending. The author also does a great job with character development regarding the children. We get to see Rolf go from a boy to a powerful man who will not be tested but doesn’t mind instigating. Lilah must find her heart and use her emotions and motherly bond with her siblings to help her family through their ordeal. And Celie must find that line between being a little girl (“why can’t they follow the trail to Mommy and Daddy?”) to being a girl who can save them all (“It’s my castle, and I’m going to be the last one out.”). Ms. George’s ideas of growing to become something more are right on and will help any child who reads Tuesdays at the Castle find their voice.

I definitely recommend this book to young readers grades 3-6. ( )
  Ashleyville | Apr 24, 2017 |
The book Tuesdays at the Castle written by Jessica Day Geore, is the story of the magical Castle Glower and the royal family. The children are King Glower 79th, Celina, Celie, Lilah, Rolf, and Bran.
The royal king , queen, and Bran are mysteriously attacked and pronounced dead. Rolf, Celie, and Lilah do not believe what has been told to them. They set out to discover the real truth regarding their family's dissaperance. Rolf becomes king, but Prince Khelsh wants to overtake him and take over the kingdom. Celie uses the maps she makes of the changing of the rooms to unlock secret passage ways. The book teaches the true meaning of love, family, and trusting in the family unit. As well as no matter what the odds that are against you, the love and support from your family triumphs everything. ( )
  tlashayvance | Apr 23, 2017 |
Introduction: Tuesdays at the Castle, written by Jessica Day George, tells the story of the magical Castle Glower and the royal family, King Glower the Seventy-ninth, Celina, Celie, Lilah, Rolf, and Bran whose lives are at risk. The book appeals to those interested in magic, adventure, and medieval literature.

Characters: Castle Glower, along with Celie are the main characters. Castle Glower uses its magical powers to help Celie and her siblings defeat the evil Prince Khelsh and find their parents, Celina and King Glower the Seventy-ninth, and brother, Bran, who have disappeared on their way home from the College of Wizardry and pronounced dead. Castle Glower is rather fond of Celie and provides her with new passageways and tools to aid her. Celie is very mature and brave for her age, determined to prove her parents are alive and help them retain control of the castle.
Theme/Plot: The themes of Tuesdays at the Castle are to never lose faith, have trust, and to always fight for your beliefs and your loved ones. Celie and her family must trust each other and keep the faith that their family is alive. Celie, Lilah, and Rolf must also trust other characters, such as Castle Glower, itself, and its magical powers, Cook, and Prince Lulath. Because Celie believes so much in the castle, the castle helps her in many mysterious ways. Celie’s faith is tested when she is told that her parents are dead and when Prince Khelsh tries to take over the castle and claim the kingdom, even attempting to kill the castle.
Author: Tuesdays at the Castle is actually the first book in a series by author Jessica Day George. George enjoys writing with aspects of medieval history, including tales of princesses and princes.
Summary: A family’s love and faith are put to test in Tuesdays at the Castle. Celie and her siblings must hold on to the hope that her parents did not die. Rolf must serve as heir to the throne while they fight evil forces with the help of Castle Glower. Castle Glower loves the royal family and uses its magical powers to help the family on their difficult journey.
Quotes: The power of Castle Glower is exposed in the very beginning of Tuesdays at the Castle, where George immediately shows readers that the castle can grow rooms, remove rooms, move rooms, etc. Furthermore, the castle can choose who it likes and does not like depending on the demeanor of individuals. George writes: “The Castle didn’t seem to care if you were descended from a royal line, or if you were brave or intelligent. No, Castle Glower picked kings based on some other criteria all its own” (pp. 2-3). The fondness for Celie is known by Castle Glower’s actions. George further writes: “And when little Celie was sick, and the Castle filled her room with flowers, King Glower agreed with it” (p. 3).
Overall Recommendation: This book sparks imagination and allows readers to envision a time when royalty reigned from behind castle walls. The book is captivating and spell-binding, leaving readers yearning to turn the page to find out what happens next. The story teaches love, faith, and determination. ( )
  StephanieMcCrary | Apr 22, 2017 |
Jessica Day George is an award-winning author. She received the 2007 Whitney Award for Best Book by a New Author for Dragon Slippers. She is the author of the Princess series, theDragon Slipper series, and the Castle Glower series, as well as the stand-alone book Sun andMoon, Ice and Snow.In the book “Tuesdays at the Castle” by Jessica Day George, Eleven-year-old PrincessCelie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower.Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the cast leads a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. Celie knows the castle better than anyone else because she takes the time to map out each change the castle makes. You could say Celie and the castle have a special relationship. When the king and queen are ambushed and no one knows what happened. It is up to Celie, with her knowledge of the twists and turns of the castle, to save her kingdom and protect her family.The author did a great job at portraying the importance of each character, in the story. Each of the characters interacted with one another, in order, to bring the story together. The book was very realistic, even with the magic castle, and invisible cloak. It had a good amount of humor as well as sadness which helps the reader relate on a personal level.The plot of the story followed in line and made the book easy to read. George introduced the characters at the beginning of the book, so by the middle and end you knew each character place in the book. She uses mystery and suspense about what will happen next. What will the characters do next and what will the castle do next? This keeps the reader entertained. George’s main plot area is the castle and occasionally jumps to different rooms in the castle.The major theme in George’s novel is the importance of family and the importance of your home. In the begging of the book, tragedy struck and the reader can feel the same emotions. The children and the main character’s will do anything to protect each other and their home. At the end when they find out that their parents are alive you can feel the excitement, relief, and happiness that the characters feel ( )
  Christina1476 | Apr 21, 2017 |
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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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