Wednesdays in the Tower

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A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it... Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel.

When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own.Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. It looks like The Castle ...

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Overview

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it... Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel.

When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own.Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. It looks like The Castle wants Celie to care for the egg and whatever creature it hatches! Celie hadn't bargained for a pet, and caring for this one will prove to be especially tricky, once Celie and her siblings realize what else the Castle is hiding....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Princess Celie and the Castle Glower are back in this sequel to Tuesdays at the Castle. The castle has a habit of creating new rooms, often where no one would expect a room to appear. When Celie's brother, Rolf, challenges her to find a new room, Celie takes on the challenge. Not only is she the first in the family to find the room, she also discovers something special within the room. Celie finds a large golden egg and believes the castle wants her to care for it. She tends to the egg and the creature that hatches from it: a griffin. The children, with the griffin, continue to explore the ever changing castle and uncover even deeper secrets about Castle Glower. There is a plethora of characters in this book, most of them weakly developed, making it difficult to keep all of the players straight. Although the cover and first chapters of the book will appeal to the youngest readers in this age group, the plot becomes more complex and disjointed as it moves along, making it difficult for younger readers to follow. The book closes on a note that leads readers to believe there will be a third book in the series. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
Kirkus Reviews
What happens when your playfully sentient stone palace goes off kilter and leaves you a bright orange egg to care for--secretly? Princess Celie and her family love Castle Glower and its habit of adding and removing rooms on Tuesdays (Tuesdays at the Castle, 2011). But now the Castle changes on Wednesdays too, and the modifications have a frantic air. In a tower that only she can see, Celie discovers a huge egg and nurtures it. Startlingly, what hatches is a griffin. Celie keeps fast-growing Rufus hidden; she tries to tell the king and queen, "[b]ut as soon as I opened my mouth to do it, that pack of cloaks fell down the chimney." The Castle allows only Celie, one older brother (Bran, the Royal Wizard) and amiable Pogue (the village blacksmith) to know about Rufus. George's core mysteries--if griffins are mythical, why do hallway tapestries imply that the Castle once had "ordinary, every day griffins?" Is the Castle frightened or, possibly, angry?--intrigue. Historical exposition is somewhat dry, but Celie's flights on Rufus' back are exhilarating. Danger lurks, somehow related to a visiting wizard and an unknown foreign land, but its precise nature waits for next time, as this installment ends on a cliffhanger (almost literally--several characters are high in the air). A sweet, funny, sincere story in which siblings work together. (Fantasy. 8-11)
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"A sweet, funny, sincere story in which siblings work together." —Kirkus Reviews, on Wednesdays in the Tower

"This enjoyable romp turns mischief into political action and a stone palace into a cunning character. . . . These kids are clever, as is George's adventure. May pique castle envy." —Kirkus Reviews, on Tuesdays at the Castle  

"This story puts an unexpected spin on the typical princess tale. Readers will root equally for crafty Celie and for her castle, a truly unique and memorable 'pet.'" —Library Media Connection, on Tuesdays at the Castle

"A satisfying mix of Hogwarts and Howl's Moving Castle, Castle Glower helps its true citizens, but never at the expense of plot or character development. . . . Adventure stories fans will enjoy this as much as children who wear their wizard cloaks proudly." —School Library Journal, on Tuesdays at the Castle

"There is a warmth here that is utterly irresistible, both in Celie as the plucky, resourceful protagonist . . . and the maternal, protective nature of her guardian castle." —BCCB, on Tuesdays at the Castle

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 4–6—Life is never dull for the inhabitants of Castle Glower-particularly when the Castle adds, moves, or removes rooms. It takes care of the royal family and has a special affinity for the youngest princess, Celie, having helped her thwart an attempted coup in Tuesdays at the Castle (Bloomsbury, 2011). On her way to her lessons one Wednesday, Celie is led up a spiral staircase to a roofless tower containing a large egg. The Castle clearly wants it kept secret, so only Celie is present when it hatches to reveal a mythical griffin. Despite repeated attempts to tell her parents about it, the Castle prevents her from revealing its existence to all but her oldest brother, Bran; the Royal Wizard; and Pogue Parry, a family friend. With their help, Celie cares for the griffin, dubbed Rufus, and explores the Castle's history and connection to the animals. Complicating their search is the Castle's recent spate of potentially dangerous changes and the arrival of a mysterious wizard. There is plenty to charm readers in this second book in the series. The excitement of raising (and riding!) a griffin will entice readers, and Celie continues to be a plucky, capable heroine. The Castle is a character in its own right, and readers will be fascinated to learn more about its history, but they will have to wait until the next book for answers to the many mysteries raised by the revelation of its origins.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906454
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 191,501
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George is the author of Tuesdays at the Castle, as well as the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and Dragon Slippers series. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and has been a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady before becoming a writer. Jessica lives with her husband, their three young children, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin who often makes cameo appearances in her books. www.jessicadaygeorge.com

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Never a dull moment in this book! Wednesdays in the Tower is th

    Never a dull moment in this book!

    Wednesdays in the Tower is the sequel to Tuesdays in the Castle, so if you haven't read that book then STOP, buy it first and then read Wednesdays in the Tower.  Celie is back and adventure always seems to follow her wherever she goes!  She finds a new tower which isn't that odd being that the castle adds rooms and changes things regularly, but this tower has a giant egg in it!  Celie just knows that the Castle has meant for her to find this egg and hatch it.  What an adventure this book will take you on!  I didn't want to put it down and there was never a dull moment :)  Wednesdays in the Tower is a great addition to the series!  My only negative;  the ending!!!  Total cliffhanger!!!  I think Jessica Day George is personally trying to drive me crazy with not knowing!  I am hopeful the next book will be out sooner than later!  A wonderful middle-grade fantasy book, Wednesdays in the Tower will delight any reader young or old!  Five stars!




    I received an E-ARC copy of this book via Netgalley.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HATE THE ENDING!!!!!!!
    I AM SO MAD!!!!!! DO NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED THE FREST ONE
    BUT THIS ONE I HATE I LIKED IT AT FREST BUT ITS A CLEFHANGR SO I GIVE IT 0 RATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :|

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    !

    This book was amazing, well anything by Jessica Day George is amazing! I cant wait for the next one.

    To the people who gave this book only 1 star:

    This book is not expensive! And if it was it would be totally worth it! And this book is NOT like its prequel! Its way awesome.


    BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT HESITATE A SECOND!!! BUY IT!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Flat squirrel

    I reccomend this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    I got this book because my sister likes Griffins and this is abo

    I got this book because my sister likes Griffins and this is about how the lead character finds a Griffin in the castle. We did not read the first book. From an story perspective it isn't necessary to have done so, as the first book was a complete story. However, there is very little description of the characters in this, the second book, so it's a good thing there was a cover on it! The other thing we did not like was that this book does not have an ending. Ok, I appreciate the whole book series, leave them with a cliffhanger thing, but since the first book supposedly ended with a completed story, I thought this one would too. Additionally, one of the last things the lead character says is totally stupid and makes no sense - she has NO idea what happened to some of her family and never seems concerned about it - her mind is elsewhere, like she's just moved on to the plot of book 3 as a taste of what's to come. Still, I gave this book 4 stars because it was exciting, has a cool castle and great dialogue. Love the griffin!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Not the best of her books

    This book just didnt reach my excpectatations. I love the books jessica day george writes but this one is my least favorute one. While tuesds in the castle us action packed and hrilled this one only explains about the griffin celia raises and how the castle starts doing weird things. I would recomend any of her other books though

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Quetion plz answer

    Is it a bad cliffhanger? And is there going to be another book?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Question?

    Awesome book. But is she going to write another?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Kiss M. Uup

    Awsome book!!!!!!!!!! My sister read it &LOVED IT! Can't wait to read it but i'm in 'The Lord of the Rings' both great books! Add to your lib. Love The Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Wednesdays in the tower

    This is Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Wednesdays in the tower by Jessica Day George

    Great for all ages,Jessica Day George's Wednesdays in the tower is a fun novel that I read twice a day!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Amazing Sequel!!

    One of the best books I've ever read!!! I read the first book and fell in love with the author!!!!! I have to say, I think she could of done better in the ending. I don't know if there is a sequel to this one, but I assure you, it needs one!!!!!!! I am sure you will fall in love it to!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Once again, Jessica Day George knocked it out of the middle-grad

    Once again, Jessica Day George knocked it out of the middle-grade ball park! I loved it! I can't wait to see what she comes up with for the next book. This is the perfect series for fans of Fablehaven and Harry Potter.

    The castle is such a fun setting. It has so much personality and I want to live there. The characters are delightful in this story. I was so happy to see more of Pogue in this book. I really like him and the way he conveniently weasels his way into being indispensable to the royal family.

    Again, I was really struck by what a great role model Celie is for young girls. She is a very believable character, and I love the way she is independent and smart.

    I really really love this series.

    Content: clean

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    URGENT

    If you love crash and bernstein the tv show go to the first res and look for the review that says PLZ READ.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Awesome12344

    I have not read this book yet because im in the Dragon Cronianls but i did read Tuseday @ the castel its totaly worth the money$:)

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Jessica is an amazing auther

    I agree that the ending was a cliff hanger and there needs to be another book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Amazing!

    The ending is a real cliff hanger.... other wise it was AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jessica is an amazing author.


    Jessica, you need to write another book in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    It was great!

    I loved this sequel to Tuesdays at the Castle. If you are a fan of the first book, you should definatly read this.
    P.S. Ignore the editorial rewiew from Children's literature. It's not confusing at all, and it's not supposed to be for young children anyway!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Someone somewhere over the rainbow

    Yeesh, this thong is ten dollers? Wutyhefoo?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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