My Jules is a reader. She devours books like most children devour candy- I love that about her. Typically, she reads series. I guess that’s because she’s not always ready to say goodbye to a character or story after only one book. Lately she has been reading The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press.
It’s the first in a series. The second book, The Ruby Moon, is due to release in October 2016. We received a hardback copy ($12.99 value). It is also available in Kindle version. The Glass Castle is recommended for children ages 10-15, so Julia (being 13) fits perfectly within that age group.
The Glass Castle ~ Book Review
The book is 41 chapters and 256 pages in length. The chapters are fairly short, so should your child not like reading for long stretches of time, this makes for nice bite-sized chunks. However, if your child is like mine, she will read the book in three days time- roughly 13 chapters a day. She probably would have read it quicker had I not insisted upon her doing her schoolwork and chores.
Neat facts about The Glass Castle:
- It is written by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins (coauthor of the Left Behind series)
- It’s a fantastic adventure for middle schoolers
- It’s like the setting from The Chronicles of Narnia meets the action from Alice in Wonderland
- It explores spiritual themes of longing, pain, love, and searching
With most books Julia reads, I require her to either narrate what she has read back to me or submit it in written form. This time we did it in interview style.
What did you think?
“It was good. Really good. I’m really looking forward to the next one- and there better be a next one. It has lots of mystery, which I like.”
Can you summarize it for me?
“The story follows children who live and work in the background of the King’s castle. They do the daily castle chores like cooking, mending, and cleaning. Mysteriously, all of the children have three things in common- 1. they are all orphans, 2. they are all thirteen years old, and 3. all of the children who live there were kidnapped and placed there. The main character Avery tends to not really think when she does stuff. She wants more than anything to find her three year old brother who was kidnapped the same time she was. She discovers secret passage ways, keys, and books in her different adventures.
One of the main plots of the story is the rumor that one of these kidnapped kids is the long-lost prince. The king lost his first wife and son in child birth- or at least he is lead to believe he did. Avery thinks that Kendrik (another of of the kid-workers in the castle) is the long-lost son. Kendrik becomes the adviser to the “king of the kids”, Tuck. Basically Tuck is the leader of the kids. As the king of the kids, he picked Avery as the queen.
Right when you think you’re going to find out all the answers to the questions you have in the book, IT ENDS.
It was really good, and I can’t wait to read the next one.”
What was your favorite part?
“The love story part. I love love stories.”
Obviously, she really enjoyed the book. Her narration lasted quite a bit longer than her normal ones (I didn’t write everything she said, I don’t want to give too many spoilers). And she kept coming back to me and saying things like, ” oh, and then this happened … I forgot to tell you …” Something that really stood out to me about her narration of The Glass Castle is that every time she talked about the book, she did it with a smile. Thinking about and remembering the book gave her joy- that says a lot.
I definitely recommend this book to any tween or teen who likes mystery, adventure, and a little bit of a love story.