The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music

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The return to Lexicon begins when thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne find their Aunt Adelaide deathly ill. Leaving their aunt to rest, Ivan and Daphne accidentally let their younger cousin, Lila, in on their secret world of Lexicon.

Ivan and Daphne must track Lila, who disappears, through the frozen landscape to the Land of Winter where social status and freedom are determined by how well one sings. Fortunately for Lila, her musical talent lands her in the most favorable...

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Overview


The return to Lexicon begins when thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne find their Aunt Adelaide deathly ill. Leaving their aunt to rest, Ivan and Daphne accidentally let their younger cousin, Lila, in on their secret world of Lexicon.

Ivan and Daphne must track Lila, who disappears, through the frozen landscape to the Land of Winter where social status and freedom are determined by how well one sings. Fortunately for Lila, her musical talent lands her in the most favorable place. Separated by class now, the cousins face cold, hunger, poverty, illness, injustice, and the malicious plotting of a power-hungry blind man. Slave, servant, and fine lady, the three cousins must escape their own imprisonment before they reunite, provoke a revolution, and restore spring to the Land of Winter.

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Editorial Reviews

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Mom's Choice Awards® 2012 Winner - Gold (Juvenile Books Level 2, Ages 9-12)

2012 New England Book Festival Book Award - Honorable Mention (Children's Books)

2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award Category Finalist

"A magical world where singing is everything… The Ice Castle is a must for young adult fiction collections, highly recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"There are puzzles to solve, traitors to catch, and friendships to forge. This is a well-written, thoughtful fantasy book that addresses issues of equality while providing interesting musical insights. Besides, it’s a great adventure!" — Teresa Bateman, Keen Readers

"With exquisite language and a sense of humor, Pendred Noyce deftly creates complex characters and imaginative, yet believable, towns and societies...Ice Castle is a beautiful symphony in which Ivan, Daphne, and Lila face various challenges and come to learn about themselves, one another, and human nature. This beautifully orchestrated book will delight and captivate readers of all ages." — Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums

"THE ICE CASTLE, the second book in the Lexicon Adventures series, has many necessary ingredients that would entice young readers, i.e. adventure, fantasy, family members who don't get along, social commentary and a unique emphasis on music. Young adults will recognize that it reflects the real world they live in and will be able to see the social implications." — Compass Book Ratings, 4 stars

"There are plenty of adventures, and there are great new characters... An attempt to explain musical scale comes closer to clarifying that brutal arcana than anything written since the days of Palestrina. Once again, conversation and cooperation are brazenly encouraged. In the end, our heroes succeed in bringing Lila back to the ‘real’ world, where Aunt Adelaide is recovering from surgery that may give her a chance, and where Aunt Leonora is confronted with a newly confident Lila. The whole thing ends on a wistful, hopeful note and the promise of at least one more adventure in Lexicon." — Open Letters Monthly

Praise for Lost in Lexicon, book one of the Lexicon Adventure Series:
“An engaging and original narrative...” – School Library Journal

“The setup to many a great story...A strange and beautiful world…” – Parents’ Choice, a Recommended Award Winner

"...This is an adventure story for the digital generation, and Lost in Lexicon breaks new ground in the adventure genre.” – ForeWord Reviews

Gold Award Winner, Moms’ Choice
Kid’s Indie Next List Winter 2011
Juvenile Fiction – Honorable Mention, ForeWord Reviews 2010 BOTYAs

"With exquisite language and a sense of humor, Pendred Noyce deftly creates complex characters and imaginative, yet believable, towns and societies . . . This beautifully orchestrated book will delight and captivate readers of all ages." — Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums

VOYA - Vikki Terrile
After their summer adventure in Lexicon, cousins Ivan and Daphne have returned home, until Great Aunt Adelaide's devastating illness brings them rushing back to the farm, joined by their annoying younger cousin, Lila, a talented singer who always wants to be included in Ivan and Daphne's plans. When Lila stumbles upon the entrance to Lexicon and disappears into the Land of Winter, Ivan and Daphne know they must find her and bring her safely home. But none of the cousins expect they will learn so much—about music, Lexicon, each other, and themselves. This second book in Noyce's Lost in Lexicon series is less heavy handed in its pedagogy than the first book, although several music and math lessons are semi-hidden in the pages. The three main characters are particularly self-aware, and we see the struggles for equality going on around them through the lenses of their individual growth and development. The motives of the series villain have yet to be fully uncovered, leaving the door open for future installments, and, as in the first book, Noyce hints at gender revolution in Lexicon but backs off quickly. One hopes this is to set the stage for a future adventure rather than because of a lack of courage. This novel is an excellent choice for book discussion, especially with young musicians; if individual middle school readers can get beyond the childish cover illustration, they will find a sophisticated tale weaving music and social justice into an engaging and thought-provoking story. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Just months after their last visit to Lexicon, Daphne and Ivan return. Only instead of embarking on an exciting adventure, they have to find their cousin Lila and return to their own world before their parents discover them missing. When they reach Lexicon, they find the world in the middle of a horrible winter and a society that is on the verge of collapse. Nothing is familiar for Daphne or Ivan and Lila's first visit to Lexicon is more perilous than anything she has experienced before. Lexicon is a world shaped by music, even counting their time and days of the week by scales, and society judges a person based on how well they sing. Lila is an accomplished singer and is immediately placed in a school in the highest section of society. While her ability puts her in a safe position, it also causes tension between the three cousins and sets all of them on a dangerous adventure that will change them and Lexicon forever. The novel is an interesting take on fantasy travel novels and is peppered with musical terminology. The illustrations are black and white and include character sketches as well as illustrations showing some of the music terms that are so prevalent in the novel. The novel will appeal to children interested in music, but it is recommended that Lost in Lexicon be read first to avoid some confusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983021964
  • Publisher: Scarletta Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 956,739
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Pendred (Penny) Noyce is a doctor, education reformer, and writer. She grew up in Silicon Valley, California, surrounded by apricot orchards and fields of mustard. Along with her brother and sisters, she rode ponies, put on plays, and explored the rapidly changing countryside.

As an adult, Noyce has practiced internal medicine, supervised medical residents, and become a leader in Massachusetts mathematics and science education reform. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including that of the Noyce Foundation, and she chairs the boards of Maine’s Libra Foundation and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy. She loves to give talks to teachers and kids. Noyce is married with five children who all love to read, travel, ski, and seek out adventures. She has yet to visit Australia and Antarctica. She lives in the western suburbs of Boston with the parts of her family that haven't already grown up.

Joan Charles lives in Santa Monica, California. As a child she put on plays and puppet shows, wrote and illustrated a family newspaper, and played endless games of Parcheesi with her sisters on rainy summer days. Her favorite thing to do was draw and make up stories, and that's still true today.

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    The Ice Castle is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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