The Castle in the Mist
|April 5, 2017||Posted by admin under Family, Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery|
Publication date: February 2017
In the tradition of Edward Eager and E.L. Konigsburg, a novel about the excitement—and the dangers—of wishing.
Tess and her brother, Max, are sent for the summer to their aunt’s sleepy village in the English countryside, where excitement is as rare as a good wifi signal. So when Tess stumbles upon an old brass key that unlocks an ornately carved gate, attached to a strangely invisible wall, she jumps at the chance for adventure. And the world beyond the gate doesn’t disappoint. She finds rose gardens, a maze made of hedges, and a boy named William who is just as lonely as she is.
But at William’s castle, strange things begin to happen. Carnival games are paid for in wishes, dreams seem to come alive, and then there’s William’s eerie warning: Beware of the hawthorn trees. A warning that chills Tess to the bone.
In a magical, fantasy world that blurs the line between reality and imagination, readers are left to wonder exactly what they’d wish for if wishes could come true. Perfect for fans of Half Magic and The Secret Garden—and for anyone who’s ever wondered if magic is real.
Learn more about “The Castle in the Mist” in the below video as Kait does a Q&A style book review. Find out what she likes about it and who she thinks should read this book:
And a note from Kait’s mom, Christine Gordon Manley:
I really enjoyed the vocabulary Amy used throughout. It gave Kait an excellent opportunity to sound out words and practice learning new ones by association. It is a mystery, and the chapter cliff hangers, which many parents sometimes cringe at, had Kait begging for “one more chapter” for the night. This was the first book that I would deem “spooky” that Kait read, and Amy does a great job balancing that with other, light-hearted moments.
She also includes a modern backstory for the siblings (Tess and Max): their dad is a journalist in Afghanistan and their mom is sick in the United States, so there are elements of worry the children feel for their parents. The setting is in England, where Tess and Max are sent for the summer. They bond with William—despite his notable different appearance, odd vocabulary, and ignorance about many modern-day things and technology, partly for friendship, partly because his dad, too, is away, and they connect, emotionally.
Parents should be prepared to discuss war, chronic illness, and parental separation.
For more information about this book or to learn how to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.