Princess Celie is back and Castle Glower is up to some strange business in this sequel to Jessica Day George‘s Tuesdays at the Castle. New rooms, corridors, and even stables keep arriving at Castle Glower, even when they aren’t needed by the royal family. Celie’s brother Bran, the new Royal Wizard is busy making sure the new armor room doesn’t pose a dangerous threat to the inhabitants of the castle. He seeks assistance from another Wizard, but rather than who Bran expects to show up, the mysterious Arkwright comes instead. A wizard Bran never particularly liked.
And Celie… she’s a found a tower that has a giant egg in it that is too hot to touch. Celie cares for the egg the best she can, but she’s has no idea what will hatch from it.
Wednesdays in the Tower did not disappoint. I really like Celie’s character and the adventures she encounters in this latest book. She’ll have young girls dreaming about riding off into the sunset on a ________ (no spoilers here)! Wednesdays ends with quite a cliff hanger… I’m excited to get my hands on book three which is set to release sometime next year.
I had the opportunity to go to a reading/Q&A that Jessica Day George did for the release the Wednesdays. George was delightfully silly and interesting. She said the idea for the book came from when she was 11 years old. George was convinced that she could get a puppy and hide it in her bedroom for a year, potty train and house break it, without anyone else in her family knowing about it (this gave some entertaining context to Celie’s story). She also wanted a horse (she was convinced she could hide a horse from the family as well), and a castle. But she didn’t want just any castle, she wanted a magic castle that wasn’t magic because of a magical person who lived in it, but because the castle itself was magical. A combination of all these ideas and poof, Celie, Castle Glower and the adventures in Wednesdays in the Tower were born.
George is currently working on a Thursday for Celie and said there is possibly a Friday and Saturday in the works.
This book would be a fantastic read aloud, or great pick for a mother/daughter read. There’s a lot of action and adventure and though Celie is a girl, almost every other character is a boy, so I don’t think it’s a stretch that boys would enjoy this book as well.
- Sex: none
- Language: none
- Violence: a few action scenes, but nothing too intense
- Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George (pagesunbound.wordpress.com)
- Broke and Bookish Book Haul for 9/15 – 9/28 (brokeandbookish.blogspot.com)