Tuesdays at the Castle [NOOK Book]

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Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one - other than Celia, that is - takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it's up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle's many twists and turns, to protect their home and save ...
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Overview

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one - other than Celia, that is - takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it's up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle's many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
What a delight to find a princess tale with a strong, smart, brace, and clever princess! Princess Celie of Glower Castle is all of those things, and beloved by her family, but especially by her living, growing castle, for having these traits. Castle Glower is quite a remarkable place since it grows and shrinks and changes at will—it's will—and only Celie seems to be able to communicate with it. Celie; her sister, Lilah; and her brother, Rolf, are left behind when her parents go off to celebrate the wizardly graduation of their oldest brother, Bran. While initially disappointed at being left behind, Celie finds in a mixed blessing when her parents and brother are ambushed and presumed dead, while she and her siblings are left to puzzle out the disappearance and save the kingdom from the clutches of the evil Prince Khelsh. Dastardly Khelsh has underestimated the magical castle's dislike of him and definitely underestimated Celie's cleverness and determination to find her parents alive and save the kingdom. Rolf, a reluctant regent in his father's absence, is a smart foil for Celie. Older sister Lilah, suffering at first from a bad case of maturity, bows to her younger sister's inventive ideas and joins the effort to save castle and kingdom. For readers who aren't quite ready for the romance of Gail Levine's smart fairy tales, but need a jolly adventure with lots of action, excitement, and devious pranks, this book is a certain winner. Princess Celie is an eleven-year-old to be reckoned with and heaven (and Castle Glower) only know what she will be capable of when she reaches the age of twelve. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Princess Celie has been trying to map out the rooms in her beloved Castle Glower. The difficulty is that it whimsically manufactures, alters, and moves its rooms around whenever it deems necessary. It has chosen the kings of Sleyne, including Celie's father, King Glower the 79th, and his heir, Celie's brother Rolf. Everyone finds the meddling castle delightful and proper until the king and queen are ambushed and presumed dead. Now it seems that the Royal Council has treason in mind as it threatens Rolf, Celie, and their sister, Lilah. Celie relies on Castle Glower's affectionate interference to help them quash the cabal and reinstate the rightful rulers. Castle Glower is the true star of this charming story of court intrigue and magic. A satisfying mix of Hogwarts and Howl's Moving Castle (Greenwillow, 1986), Castle Glower helps its true citizens, but never at the expense of plot or character development. Celie and her siblings have to display courage in order to deserve its help. Celie's escapades keep the action moving briskly. Adventure stories fans will enjoy this as much as children who wear their wizard cloaks proudly. It is a good for those not quite ready for Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997) or Shannon Hale's Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2005). Most libraries will want to add Tuesdays to their fantasy collections. While the story stands alone, it is the first in a new series.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

This enjoyable romp turns mischief into political action and a stone palace into a cunning character.

Castle Glower always chooses its own king, and its current is Celie's father. Celie's family knows the castle's rules—for example, no matter where you are, "if you turned left three times and climbed through the next window, you'd end up in the kitchens"—so they navigate fine, even when Castle Glower gets bored of a Tuesday and grows a new room or hallway. When disaster strikes, the castle's protective love becomes paramount. Celie's parents and eldest brother Bran are reported killed in an ambush, leaving three siblings at home to fend off a foreign prince who's trying to assassinate Celie's brother Rolf and steal the crown. Pranks such as spreading manure on the soles of shoes and snipping threads so the baddies' clothes fall off make the siblings (and readers) giggle, but underneath the capers lies a bit of deftly written grief and fear. Luckily there are comforting clues: If King Glower were really dead, wouldn't this sentient, active castle have adapted heir Rolf's bedroom into a king's room? Instead, the foreign prince's rooms become ever smaller and bleaker, proving the castle's disapproval; but Celie and sibs still need to win the day. Never fear: These kids are clever, as is George's lively adventure.

May pique castle envy. (Fantasy. 8-11)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599907314
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 34,778
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the author of many books for young readers, including the wonderfully whimsical Tuesdays at the Castle and three books in the Dragonskin Slippers series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian and bookseller. Jessica lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
To find out more, visit jessicadaygeorge.com.
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Chapter 1

Whenever Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a new room or two. It usually happened on Tuesdays, when King Glower was hearing petitions, so it was the duty of the guards at the front gates to tell petitioners the only two rules the Castle seemed to follow.

Rule One: The throne room was always to the east. No matter where you were in the Castle, if you kept heading east you would find the throne room eventually. The only trick to this was figuring out which way east was, especially if you found yourself in a windowless corridor. Or the dungeon.

This was the reason that most guests stuck with Rule Two: If you turned left three times and climbed through the next window, you'd end up in the kitchens, and one of the staff could lead you to the throne room or wherever you needed to go.

Celie only used Rule Two when she wanted to steal a treat from the kitchens, and Rule One when she wanted to watch her father at work. Her father was King Glower the Seventy- ninth, and like him, Celie always knew which way was east.

And also like him, Celie truly loved Castle Glower. She never minded being late for lessons because the corridor outside her room had become twice as long, and she certainly didn't mind the new room in the south wing that had a bouncy floor. Even if you could only get to it by climbing through the fireplace of the winter dining hall.

King Glower the Seventy- ninth, on the other hand, valued punctuality and didn't enjoy being late for dinner because the Castle had built a new corridor that ran from the main hall under the courtyard to the pastures, and all the sheep had wandered inside to chew the tapestries. He also didn't particularly like waiting for hours for the Ambassador of Bendeswe, only to find that the Castle had removed the door to the ambassador's room, trapping the man inside. Of course, the king had to admit that there was usually some strange logic to the Castle's movements. The Ambassador of Bendeswe, for instance, had turned out to be a spy, and the sheep . . . well, that had all been mere whim; but there was still logic to be found if you looked hard enough. King Glower admitted this freely, and he made it clear that he respected the Castle. He had to; otherwise he would no longer be king.

The Castle didn't seem to care if you were descended from a royal line, or if you were brave or intelligent. No, Castle Glower picked kings based on some other criteria all its own. Celie's father, Glower the Seventy- ninth, was the tenth in their family to bear that name, a matter of tremendous pride throughout the land. His great- great- greatgreat-great- great- great- great- grandfather had become king when Glower the Sixty- ninth's only heir had turned out to be a nincompoop. Legend had it that the Castle had repeatedly steered the old king's barber to the throne room via a changing series of corridors for days until the Royal Council had him declared the next king, while the young man who should have been Glower the Seventieth found himself head-down in a haystack after having been forcibly ejected from the Castle through the water closet.

King Glower the Seventy- ninth, Lord of the Castle, Master of the Brine Sea, and Sovereign of the Land of Sleyne, knew when to leave well enough alone. He married the beautiful daughter of the Royal Wizard when the Castle guided them into the same room and then sealed the doors for a day. He paid attention when the Castle gave people larger rooms or softer chairs. When his older son, Bran, kept finding his room full of books and astrolabes, while his second son Rolf's bedroom was moved next to the throne room, King Glower sent Bran to the College of Wizardry, and declared Rolf his heir.

And when little Celie was sick, and the Castle filled her room with flowers, King Glower agreed with it. Everybody loved Celie, the fourth and most delightful of the royal children.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Enchanting, delightful read!

    What I encountered in reading this book was a darling mystery adventure that will really capture your heart. I quickly fell in love with the setting, the characters, the villians, the magic, the adventure--everything!

    Castle Glower isn't a normal castle--it's enchanted. It shifts its rooms and hallways to suit its mood and needs. It shifts to show favor. It does all of these things seemingly on its own, but it shows special favor to Princess Celie, our young MC who loves the castle eccentricities and spends much of her time creating an atlas of the castle. When Celie's parents and oldest brother go missing, she and her siblings, Rolf and Lilah, must work together with the castle to fight the bad guys who want to take over the kingdom, and Celie's knowledge of the castle comes in handy more than once.

    Celie is an incredibly endearing main character. She's fiercely loyal to her family and deeply suspicious of outsiders. She's also really smart and thinks on her toes. She comes up with fabulous schemes to outsmart the bad guys and keep them guessing. It's easy to see why the castle favors her because she simply believes in its magic to its fullest extent.

    Kids and adults alike will easily fall in love with this fun tale of daring tricks and escapes. I think kids will delight in the childrens' plans to outsmart and outwit the adults. It's the kind of novel that will let your imagination run wild, from the ever changing castle to the plans that kids devise. Magic is well-incorporated into the story and the castle really almost becomes a character in its own right. It's ever-changing rooms and it's secret passages are sure to strike a chord with kids. What kid doesn't imagine living and playing in secret passageways and spying on adults through secret peepholes hidden behind drapes? It's a kind of fantasy world that gives you a clear, beautiful picture of the surroundings but leaves a lot to your imagination.


    The simplicity of the writing strikes a beautiful contrast to the imaginative landscape of the novel. This is a quick read because once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down, and Ms. George's writing simply flows wonderfully. One of the best things (for me) about this book is that it has a well-structured beginning, middle, and end--despite being the first in a series. Gone are the all-too-popular cliffhangers. This book will make readers want to pick up the next book because it's sure to be a fun, magical read--not simply because the author left them hanging in the previous book.

    50 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great story about a family and sticking together! I did not want to put this book down. It has a great storyline and keeps the reader interested. The ending leaves it so a sequel could be written.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Tuesdays At The Castle

    A captivating read. I recomend it to all who love Adventure,and retellings. Overall character design was simply marvolus, and the plot was engaging and well told. Four stars!

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended, for a kid that likes magical, fantasy type stories

    I bought this book for my daughter, age 8, for Christmas based upon the person in charge of our local B&N kids' section. It took my daughter about 6 months and a school requirement to begin reading it. At first, she liked it and read it for 15 mins. every day. But, midway through the book, she told me that she didn't like it anymore. She found it boring. I think, based upon the books she then chose to read, that it might have been a little too old for her and not her favorite genre.

    I read some of the book with/to her and really liked the author's style and the book's premise. It was interesting and, when I made my daughter start reading it on her own, I kept asking her for plot updates. I wanted to know what was happening to main character next...with each new "mini-adventure."

    I would recommend the book for an advanced reader, if you give it to your child at 8, or more for the 10-12 year age group. My daughter would recommend the book for someone "who likes that kind of thing...you know magic and stuff." Hope this helps!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Lifesaver!

    My 11 year old daughter recently forgot her book on a weekend trip to the beach. Rain kept us cooped up in our room, and of course she was bored and heading toward whiny. Fortunately I'd bought this book for just this scenario (my 14 and 16 year olds also have a "just in case" book loaded on the Nook). Well, that was the last I saw of my Nook for a while. She read the book straight through and enjoyed every word of it. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but if you take the word of an 11 year old, it's well worth reading.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    really enjoyed it. loved the story. recommended it to friends

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Very Sweet

    The book was amazing!!! I ADORED it! It looked quite childish, but I thought it was hilarious and sweet! LOVED it!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Beautifully Crafted Adventure (Part 2 of The Review)

    Jessica Day George crafts a wonderful stoty about a princess named Celiea (Celie for short) whose parents are proclaimed dead. Without an adult king, a tyrant prince can put his plan to rule Celie's country into action. It is up to Celie, her brother and sister, and the magical Castle Glower to set things right.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Amazing!!! Couldnt put it down

    Very good book didnt know what would happen next. It is a wonderful book filled with magic

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Celie and the rest of the royal family of Sleyne live in Castle

    Celie and the rest of the royal family of Sleyne live in Castle Glower - a notable thing because, while regularly adding and relocating rooms, the building has been known to creatively expel individuals for whom it does not care. This trait comes in handy for her and two of her siblings when the rest of the family goes missing and are presumed dead. With the help of their home, the three remaining children must hang on to the kingdom until the truth is discovered.

    A pure impulse buy, I picked Tuesdays at the Castle up for three reasons: One, the title is pretty much hilarious to me--not sure why; two, the cover is a pretty one that, instead of reviews of previous works, has a teaser on the back of it; and three, the premise kind of reminded me of House of Many Ways. Truth be known, it was actually these three items on top of one other that got this book a ride home with me. I picked it up, read the first page and fell in love.

    As I continued reading [The book only took a couple of days], I continued to fall in love with the writing, the story and the characters. The writing and story are both simple enough to attract a young reader but are at the same time neither childish or insulting to their intelligence. Not to be cloying or saccharine in excess, everything about this book [excluding the villains, of course] is sincere and very sweet.

    Celie, our protagonist, is eleven years old and the youngest of four children. Being the fact of the matter, she is largely unburdened by royal duties and, until circumstances require otherwise, unburdened by maturity or age. She is, to all, the expert on the Castle, spending her ample free time in an attempt make an atlas of their mysterious and ever changing home. But when her family is endangered, she does her best to shake off the fragility of age and station [or lack thereof] in order to step up as support, part-time tactician and cohort of the building itself.

    Watching the very real interactions of the three youths as their parents and brother disappear adn their home is essentially invaded under false pretenses, I was pleased to see that every voice was its own and that the exposition was overwhelming. I enjoyed the characters and the castle, the humour and excitement. All in all, this was a marvelous impulse buy. I highly recommend it.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Great book!!

    Hi!! I own this book in paperback. I got it from my school book fair! I couldnt put it down! I suggest this to anyone who wants to go to a different world, who wants adventures about a young girl against evil people, and who just wants to read a good book!

    This book is about a young Princess named Cecilia aka Cellie who is smart and loved. Everyone loves Cellie, even Castle Glower. The princess uses smarts, imagination, grief, and wit to outsmart these evil people from taking over her kingdom. With her brother, Rolf, and her sister, Lilah, she recieves help trying to prove their parent's are alive and stalling long enough to gain proof. Can she and her siblings succeed?

    Well that was to get you excited!! I loved it!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    To much violence

    I hated this book it has to much blood at the end

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Sweet, Imaginative Fairy Tale

    I read this book with a fourth grade student of mine, and we both loved it! Not only is a young girl portrayed as strong and courageous, the theme of family and home is stressed throughout the book. (Even if the home is a castle!) This is a great book to read with your daughters, and would make an excellent gift for a young reader, although I think a girl would enjoy more than a boy.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Wonderful book for preteens

    This was a fun book about a youngest princess and her ability to observe her surroundings and be something more. I loved this book as much as I loved the others written by Jessica George.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    WOW!!!!!!!!

    Amazing book,I love it I awalys wanted to know what this book is about. But you should get this and review ten stars and read. Hope you all enjoy this book. I am lovin it. Bye.
    PS:Get it please!!!!!!!!!!!!)




    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Very Surprising

    No one will know of the twist between Celie and The Castle. And Prince Khelsh and Rolf.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Great story

    If you are good and talk nice to it the castle will treat you well...but if you are nasty, and mean to others, then the castle will turn against you. What an appropriate lesson for everyday life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Amazing story!

    Best book ever! Magic, mystery, treason, spells, and an amazing castle. Read this book if spells enchant you and/or royalty enhances you. Definetly a five-star+ rating!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Very good book.

    I really like this book. I love that every tuesday the castle adds a new mysterious room in the castle. It is a mix of mysrery, suspense,and fantasy. I am 10,and i really enjoyed this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Goboo

    LOVE THIS BOOK


    ~BOOKLOVER (DUH)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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