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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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My almost 9-year-old son and I read this together, a chapter or two a night. He can't believe this book hasn't received some kind of award--he's enjoying it much more than Indian in the Cupboard, even though it's the same concept. A perfect adventure story for this age group, especially if the child is interested in knights & chivalry. Enough technical castle terminology to make him feel smart :), and enough symbolism, foreshadowing, character growth, etc. to ponder for his English-teacher mother to approve.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
What ages would I recommend it too? – Five and up.

Length? – An afternoon.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real World and Fantasy.

Written approximately? – 1985.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more. At the end, a scene is referenced that did not occur in the book. Almost 4/5 of the book was the set up. The actual story was over in just a few pages.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: A boy tries to figure out how to keep his nanny from leaving.

Notes for the reader: The boy meets his challenges, though he doesn't have much real difficulty. Along the way, adults provide him with the solutions before he even tries to meet the goal. ( )
  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
I finally found this book and finished it! My 3rd grade teacher started reading this aloud for the last week of school and we got out of school for the summer before we finished! It has literally been driving me crazy since then. It was a pretty good book, I think I hyped it up a little in my head over the years, but I enjoyed it. Would recommend it to any grade school kids. ( )
  AngelaRenea | May 12, 2014 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Elizabeth Winthropprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Papp, RobertCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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