One of my favorite genres and one that is the easiest for me to push aside is middle grade fiction. This year to make sure I get a little more children's and young adult fiction I thought I would designate the first Monday of every month Middle Grade Monday. While a lot of my picks this year are classics I am trying to branch out a little bit and read new or at least recent releases. This month's book is a newer release that has been on my radar for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally made time to read it!
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George - 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.
I think this would be a fantastic read for children in 3rd grade or above. There are some politics and strategy planning that I a younger reader might find slow. This reads fantastically as an adult read as well. The characters are fresh, the story is intriguing and a little bit of a nail biter, and did I mention the magic castle? I'm really excited to discover that there are several more books in the series for me to explore.
Rating: Loved it!