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The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth…

The Castle in the Attic (1985)

by Elizabeth Winthrop

Other authors: Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Robert Papp (Cover artist)

Series: The Castle in the Attic (1)

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A Castle in the Attic has been one of my favorites since I was little. It has enough adventure with knights and sorcerers to hold a younger child's attention. This is definitely not like Harry Potter or Septimus Heap. It does have lots of good things about chivalry and doing the right thing. The vocabulary is a little tough with all the stuff to deal with the medieval age. ( )
  miakabella | Jun 5, 2013 |
A lovely tale about a boy who inherits a Castle from his nanny and then finds that the lead knight is real. He's only 9 and his nanny is about to leave him when he shrinks her to the size of the castle and then realises that really, he shouldn't have done that, in order to restore the knight and nanny he too has to shrink and approach the world the knight came from and defeat evil.

I found it a charming story, with occasional stutters where it didn't bridge between scenes as well as it could have, but a fun story. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 4, 2012 |
Rating=10/10. This book was the first of the series and GREAT. The beginning and middle and end was awesome. The magical castle and new world was GREAT. Read this book!! :)
it was a good book
Review by: Jodee

This is a fun and exciting book. I recommend it for kids under 11 ( )
  bplteen | Apr 16, 2012 |
Read this with Randy when he was a kid. He loved it and I enjoyed it even as an adult. ( )
  ChrissyLou | Dec 28, 2011 |
William is a young boy who is worried about his long-time nanny Mrs. Phillips, leaving for England to live with her brother. She reminds William that he is old enough to be without a nanny, and as a farewell gift, she gives him a toy castle that she played with during her childhood, complete with a silver knight. The knight comes to life and William learns about the knight's curse - the evil wizard Alastor had killed the knight's father, the king, and took over their kingdom. Alastor had used a magical medal to turn the knight into lead. The knight is in possession of another magical medal that shrinks live beings - which William uses to shrink Mrs. Phillips so that she wouldn't leave for England. She becomes highly upset, and William learns that he too must shrink himself and venture with the knight to battle Alastor for the other magical medal - so that the knight can reclaim his kingdom and return Mrs. Phillips back to normal. Ultimately, William is able to defeat Alastor himself and saves the knight and his nanny.

The tale truly captures the imagination with the knight coming to life and the use of the toy castle as a magical portal to the knight's realm, and the reader is easily engaged with William's heroic journey - initially he is completely dependent on his nanny, and finally realizes that he is a strong, confident, young man.

This book is perfect for ages 9-12, and teaches a great lesson about self-confidence and determination. ( )
  elainevbernal | Nov 18, 2011 |
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Elizabeth Winthropprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Papp, RobertCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Every piece of writing . . . starts from what I call a grit . . . a sight of sound, a sentence or a happening that does not pass away . . . but quite inexplicably lodges in the mind.
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For Andrew, who has dared to cross the drawbridge
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On Monday afternoon, Mrs. Phillips was waiting for William at the kitchen door.
"Be compassionate to the needy. Neither squander wealth nor hoard it. Never lose your sense of shame. If questions are asked of you, answer them frankly but do not ask too many yourself. Be manly and of good cheer. Never kill a foe who is begging for mercy.... Be ever loyal in love."
A truly courageous person is one who must conquer fear within himself.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440409411, Paperback)

One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time!

William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his! William can’t wait to play with the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle. . . .

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A California Young Reader Medal Winner
A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Winner

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A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

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