Title: Tuesdays at the Castle
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 25, 2011)
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.
Jessica Day George is working hard to move herself up my list of favorite authors! I've loved her YA fairy tale retellings (Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass), her upper middle grade fantasy series (the Dragon Slipper books) and now she's writing a fairly young (8 and up) fantasy series that is an utter delight so far.
Pluses - magical, sentient castle that crowns its own rulers (and shrinks your rooms if you displease it.) A spunky, believable young protagonist who is willing to fight for her family and country (with her wits.) Loving, realistic older siblings who occasionally try to protect our heroine from hard truths (but still respect her intelligence.)
Minuses - it was too short?
Highly, highly recommended for any young readers who come your way.