The Castle in the Attic

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One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time!

William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his! William can’t wait to play with the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when...

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Overview

One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time!

William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his! William can’t wait to play with the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle. . . .

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A California Young Reader Medal Winner
A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Winner

A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Mrs. Phillips, who has taken care of William for years, prepares to return to England, she gives the boy a medieval castle with one knight. The knight comes to life, and William is drawn into a battle to release the kingdom from a wizard's spell. PW admired Winthrop's ``absorbing fantasy. Suspense and colorful details, as well as a gentle moral precept, make the story special.'' 8-12
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Gr 4-6 A satisfying quest fantasy with a strong element of modern realism which will appeal to a wide range of readers. Ten-year-old William is so distraught at the idea of his beloved housekeeper/nanny Mrs. Phillips returning to England that, with the aid of a magic token, he shrinks her into the size of the toy knight which inhabits a wooden castle that has been passed down in her family for generations. To undo his rash deed, William must be miniaturized himself and accompany the silver knight, Sir Simon, on a quest to overthrow Alastor, a wicked magician who long ago usurped the throne of what should have been Sir Simon's kingdom. William's pure and gentle heart enables him to triumph over both the magician and his own childish yearning to possess Mrs. Phillips. The plot is carefully constructed. William's real-life situation is a strong component of the story rather than a device whereby he can enter the fantasy world. His too-busy parents and his struggle to be mature enough to let Mrs. Phillips go are juxtaposed with his quest and struggle to defeat Alastor. Both William and Mrs. Phillips are sympathetic, well-developed characters. In contrast, William's pediatrician mother and architect father are sketchy, both in William's emotional life and in the author's realization of them. Adults may find the theme that a pure heart can triumph over evil is a bit overstated, and fantasy buffs may desire a more fully developed fantasy world, but for young readers new to fantasy this will be successful. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.
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"An absorbing fantasy...suspense and colorful details, as well as a gentle moral precept, make the story special." — Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440409410
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1986
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 47,210
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Smelly feet

    Best book ever

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    I love the book so much i could marrie it if i could

    Get get get this book is amazing i love it so much get it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Castle in the attic

    I thought long and hard about this book... and i liked it!!! It was unique and had a special twist at the end. Honestly I didnt like Mrs. Philips. And I hated that she had to leave........ I would highly reccomend reading the sencond book......... Thanks

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!!!

    Greatest book ever written by far.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Hoot

    This book was about a boy name William who has a babysitter name Mrs Phillips.She was very sick and decided to give up she's life with Will to go back to England where her brother was living.She make this desition because she have a better medical care in that country.Before living she give William a gift,this one was a castle who gas hold on on her family for dequeds.One this object there was a magical knift who was one the son of a very pawerfull king.They begin there journey to get back his place on the kindom who he ones was a prince.The kindom was controld by a bad wizard name Alestor.The knight and William will have to face some serious problem

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Castel in the Attic review

    It was outstanding.Something I could read over and over again.I read the book in gate class and we are now writing a play on it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    William gose no advanture

    William and miss phillip has been such good friends to ea ch other and his parents.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Too much like the Indian in the Cupboard

    This story is too much like the Indian in the Cupboard.Amost like she just changed ''the indian'' to ''the castle'' and ''the cupboard'' to ''the attic''.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A Classic From My School Days

    Reviews Of Unusual Size!

    ***Re: Ten year old William's dear friend and nanny is leaving him and returning to England and he's quite distraught about the whole thing. In an attempt to appease him and to show how much she cares for the boy, Mrs. Phillips gives William a beautiful stone and wood castle that has been in her family for generations, complete with silver knight! William is enchanted, but still quite upset over losing his best friend. When the knight comes to life in William's hand, complete with magic spell and curse that needs breaking, William sees a way to keep Mrs. Phillips a bit longer and save a kingdom in need.

    ***Outstanding: This is a cute children's book. I remember reading The Castle In The Attic when I was around the same age as William and desperately wishing the same thing would happen to me. William is kind of unique for the time. He's a bit needy and nerdy, but he's also a confident gymnast. The plot is a fun one, with curses, people turning to lead and dragons.

    ***Unacceptable: Sir Simon, the silver knight is kind of a weak character. He gets himself lost abruptly and never really accomplishes much. The villain suffers a bit too.

    ***Summary: An enjoyable and quick read that has held up well over the years by using the universal themes of loss, adventure and how totally awesome castles and knights are.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Great

    This book was awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great

    A good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Castle in the attic

    I love this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Alex

    This book is awsome i like the book alit and i hope you get it too its nice and youu will enjoy it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Suckish

    Ehmahgawd i hated this book! I read it for english in forth grade and it stunk. The only good thing that came out of me reading this book was being able to build and color my own paper replica of the castle. So unless you are bored out of your mind i would not reccomend this book at all. Seriously thidbook is a waste of your time and money. Dont waste your life. Unfortunately its four hours of my life that i will never get back. I hate it !!!!!!!!!!!!!! @#$% this book!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Cool

    It is one of the best books i have ever read but you need to be a fast reader if you want to read this book•its a really sweet book if you like drama and you have a big imnagation then this is the book for you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Looks Amazing, But...

    Is it really really really really really really really really really really really really [5 Hours Later] really really really REALLY awesome? Respond NOW!!!!! PS: My name is Jake!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Awesome

    ,

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    I really enjoy this book. Read it many times.

    I really enjoy this book. Read it many times.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Super iperbaby

    Dav pilkey

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    My favorite part of this book was when William defeated Alister

    My favorite part of this book was when William defeated Alister -- it was the best book I ever read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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