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Twelve-year-old William is beginning to wonder if Jason is still his best friend. When Jason challenges William to "jump the trains," William is terrified but feels he must prove himself. The opportunity arises when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again takes him back to the mystical world of Sir Simon's castle, this time with Jason. There they face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once, William was a hero in the castle. Now it's up to him to destroy the rats and save ...
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Twelve-year-old William is beginning to wonder if Jason is still his best friend. When Jason challenges William to "jump the trains," William is terrified but feels he must prove himself. The opportunity arises when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again takes him back to the mystical world of Sir Simon's castle, this time with Jason. There they face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once, William was a hero in the castle. Now it's up to him to destroy the rats and save the kingdom in the final battle for the castle.

Twelve-year-old William uses the magic token to return, through the toy castle in his attic, to the medieval land of Sir Simon, which is now menaced by a skeleton ship bearing a plague of ravenous rats.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The daring and thrills of living in a medieval castle, participating in jousting contests and then trying to rid the countryside of a frightening evil force should be enough to keep all readers glued to their seats. This is a gripping sequel to The Castle in the Attic. The magic token William's former nanny sends him for his 12th birthday allows him to shrink to the size of the toys in his castle. Once their size, he becomes part of their world. He is soon enmeshed in a battle to save Sir Simon's kingdom. Along with his buddy Jason, William learns the true meaning of heroism.
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Gr 5-8-- Two years have elapsed since young William battled the forces of evil in The Castle in the Attic (Holiday, 1985). Now turning 12, he's miserable because he thinks his friend has outstripped him in bravery, for Jason has ``jumped the trains,'' which is the local male rite of passage, while he has failed. In the previous story, his family's former housekeeper gave William a model castle and a magic token through which he entered its inner world. Now that he is maturing, she again presents him with the token, and he and Jason return to the castle. William is welcomed back and he soon learns that there is again great danger in the land. A monstrous army of rats, behind a gigantic leader, is ravaging the land, eating everyone in sight. William is pressed into defending the castle and destroying the rats. He has to rely on his wits and his courage, for the magic token has been stolen; in the process, he learns that he does not have to jump trains to prove bravery. William and Jason offer contrasting models of what constitutes heroism. Some readers will wonder how the rats came under the spell of their demonic leader, but others will just enjoy the adventure. --Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736690195
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Winthrop is the award-winning author of books for all ages, including The Castle in the Attic and Counting on Grace. She lives in New York City and the Berkshires.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    I liked the story

    This book, along with its companion The Castle in the Attic, was recommended to us by a friend. William is now turning twelve. His best friend Jason has grown a foot taller but William is still small. In the town where they live, it is a "right of passage" for all boys who become twelve to "jump the trains." Jason does. William is not sure that he wants to do it, but how can he prove himself to Jason? The opportunity comes when his former housekeeper, Mrs. Phillips, send him the magic token that enables him to go back to Sir Simon's castle in the Middle Ages. This time he takes Jason with him. Together they face a dangerous army of rats with their gigantic leader, so it is up to William to defeat the rats in the final battle for the castle. William was once a hero in the kingdom, but can he repeat his feat? Personally, I did not care as much for this book as The Castle in the Attic. I did not think that the plot was as tight. And the language was much worse. Both boys use the word "blast" as an interjection around half a dozen times. The dictionary shows that it is a euphemism for the "d" word. I appreciate children's authors who use euphemisms instead of outright cursing, but such words still show a paucity of vocabulary. Worse yet, at least three times the phrases "for God's sake" and "in God's name" are used as exclamations. Any way you slice it, that is using the Lord's name in vain. Luckily, we did this as a bedtime read aloud, so I was able to exercise some judicious editing. In spite of these objections, I still think that this is a good story. Find out if William ever does jump the train.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Adventurous, Suprising and Suspensful!

    I enjoyed this book because it has everything included that a 10 year old would want in a hero. It made me feel like I was William and became a hero. Being a shrimp doesn't matter anymore after this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    The Battle For The Castle

    I think this is the type of story for someone who love adventures. My favorite part is when the rats attack. RAT ATTACK!!! I loved this book and I read all the time!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    the battle for the castle

    in this story i think that i liked parts of it but not the whole thing i like the first few chapters but not the rest if they were in smaller chapters it would be easier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Unforgettable story

    Spectacularness put together into a great story; a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    The bsttle for the castle

    Its about a boy name william. He has his best friend, but his bedt friend becomes more cooler and more awseome that william feels reslly sad. Then william shows his best freind his bigges secret, which was the castle in the attic. He got a machine that can zap anything and zapped themselves. Now they were at the castle. In the castle william d his bedt friend meets a girl and finds out that their enemies are coming. William and his friends are getting ready for their greatest enemies. Do youthink therye gonna be ok? Do you think their going to save the castle and beat the greatest and dangerous enemies? Find out by reading the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    I would give it 7 stars!

    This book was absolutely wonderful! I mean, a trio saves a castle from an army of rats! How can you get too much better than that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2002

    Good

    It was ok a lot better than what i thought i definetly would pass on fantasy now except for either harry potter or a sequal to this very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    Wonderful

    I thought the book was filled with adventures and excitement. The Castle in the Attic was also a GREAT book! I now have the BOOKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    5-Stars

    I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read. It was full of exciting adventures and scary moments. It was easy to read and it was just awsome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    very very good

    This book was almost as good as the harry potter books. If u like books like harry potter this 1 is for u but u have to read THE CASTLE IN THE ATTIC frist to get the book better then just reading it by its self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Get this book, it's the best.

    This book is great because William goes back to the castle,after 2 years,and meets his old friends,and also meets some new. But the only way to go to the castle is to use the token,that William has, and srink your self. William becomes the hero for the castle once again.

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