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Tuesdays at the Castle

by Jessica Day George

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Series: Castle Glower (1)

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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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    The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (humouress)
    humouress: 'The Shadow Throne' (third in the Ascendance Trilogy) is like 'Tuesdays at the Castle' in that they are written for children and feature young protagonists fighting to save their castle and country from foreign invaders who want to take over their castles.

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The plot and characters of this one are fun, but what really makes the book stand out for me is the magically sentient castle that can rebuild itself. Princess Celie and the castle team up to protect her kingdom and her family.
  sloth852 | Jan 2, 2024 |
I heard about this on a podcast I occasionally listen to, occasionally cause my TBR pile/file folder/ towering [must find proper term - think stack half way to the moon] .. doesn't really need any help. anyway I decided it might be a nice change from my last two rather *ahem* dark toned books and thought.. why not.

Well.. it unexpectedly blew off my proverbial slippers (cause I started to read it just before bed and then stayed up late to finish - ok ok I fell asleep a bit over 3/4ths the way thru and then woke in the wee hours and finished). It is excellent, and not just for children/young adults. It is well paced, the story-line pulls you along wanting more until the end, there are many clever and interesting magical and fun devices or items that turn up to help the main characters, and some plot type puzzles. I was truly concerned for the characters as the story unfolded. It all comes right in the end. Except for the exiled evil Prince - who gets his just desserts, but I do hope her stuffie comes back after such a noble rescue. To be fair as an adult I could see the danger the antagonists were presenting and how it could go utterly pear shaped in a horrifically bad way (it didn't - thanks Castle!), and I suspect older children will get this aspect as well without being too scary.

I will be checking out the other books in this series and look forward to hearing more about the various characters.. I also hope the Emissary gets his comeuppance and just desserts, and a little Castle creativity wouldn't hurt either. I have some tips if needed, although I doubt that would be suitable for children, or anyone else, to read.

so an unexpected yet delightful 5 stars.
I heartily suggest you grab this one to read, if you haven't already.

What.. your still here?
Go on.. your local bookshop is waiting!
So is the Castle! ( )
  Kiri | Dec 24, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
When I was in middle school, all the way through my early twenties, I was absolutely smitten with fairy tale and traditional fantasy fiction. When I received this I was beyond myself. The castle in this book reminds me of Hogwarts and Howl's Moving Castle- it is intelligent, alive, and able to shift itself and create new rooms. It's a feature in fantasy that I will never tire of. I am happy to see this has become a series, one I saw in my very own department at my bookstore I worked at, because this is the kind of book you gush about to children. The family, Celie and her siblings, they were all a pleasant surprise with how well they got along. Something we need to see more of. A breath of fresh air, this was. ( )
  Velvet-Moonlight | May 1, 2023 |
Recommended by Emily R.

Celie and her older siblings, crown prince Rolf and princess Lilah, are thrown into a dangerous situation when their parents and older brother Bram, a wizard, are reported killed in an attack on the road. The Council rushes in to crown Rolf and make themselves his regents, but Castle Glower itself is on the children's side, creating secret passages and providing spying opportunities, and getaway routes. The children's friend Pogue Parry rides off in search of help, Rolf resists the Council and the threatening Prince Khelsh, and Celie and Lilah find an ally in Prince Lulath of Grath.

Delightfully twisty and magical. We're going straight on to Wednesdays in the Tower! ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 16, 2023 |
I enjoyed reading this, but for some reason, it just didn't hold me. I liked the fantasy elements, I liked the characters, but it just seemed all too trite for me to believe the world. It needed more suspense or more twists for me. I can see how kids enjoy the story, and it would be great for those who are not ready for Harry Potter. ( )
  librariandiva2 | Jan 27, 2023 |
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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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Jessica Day Georgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hohn, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jackson, SuzyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mark, DonnaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.

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