Battle for the Castle

Battle for the Castle

by Elizabeth Winthrop, Geerts

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ISBN-13: 9780440409427
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/28/1994
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 158,185
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Battle for the Castle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spectacularness put together into a great story; a masterpiece.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BeatrixKiribani on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Two years after the conclusion of A Castle in the Attic, William finds himself thrown into another adventure when his former housekeeper sends him the two headed token. He discovers the amazing land has once again been thrown into turmoil by a band of monstrous rats. William returns with his best friend Jason to conquer the evil rodents. While there he meets a court jester whom steals his magic token, leaving him defenseless against the rat hoard. He uses Cunning and skill to overcome the obstacles and beat the large rats. There is enough description of the settings and characters to make the book captivating and beautiful. There are twists and new characters. Some moments are frightening but not too scary.
msrenee1 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book is a sequel to Ms. Winthrop's book The Castle in the Attic. It is a really great book! It has mystery, excitement, castles, dragons, magic, good vs. evil and knights....all the things children really enjoy reading about. My boys loved this book though truthfully, it is a wonderful book for kids of any age!
notemily on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. GIANT RATS, you guys. RATS THE SIZE OF PEOPLE. Well, technically, the people are the size of the rats. But my point is, it scared me, but I loved it and read it several times.
EmScape on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The Castle in the Attic was one of my favorite books as a child, and thanks to LibraryThing, I was made aware of the sequel. In The Battle for the Castle, William returns to the realm of the Silver Knight, and with the help of his friend, Jason, and the fair maiden Gudrin, is able to save the castle from another dark and mystical threat: a plague of rats. I was a little disappointed by this story, as it seamed really rather anticlimactic and not as well plotted as it's predecessor, but it was good to meet up with William again and see how well he's grown up. Gudrin was an engaging and high-spirited addition to the action as well. I would recommend this fantasy story to parents reading to their kids at bedtime, unless they're really prone to nightmares. On second thought, I may not even be able to sleep tonight thinking about those rats!
atimco on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The Battle for the Castle picks up William's story two years later, when he and his friend Jason are ready to "jump the trains" to prove they're tough now at age twelve. William hasn't played with the castle for quite some time, but Mrs. Phillips has just sent him the magical coin that can make people small enough to enter the castle's medieval world. When Jason jumps the train and witnesses William's failure to do so, William knows he needs to bridge that divide quickly if he wants to keep his friend. So he lets Jason in on the secret of the castle, and they arrive in Sir Simon's world just in time to face the ominous portents heralding a strange and devouring army.The urge to compare this book to the other YA fantasy stories I know is irresistible. The idea of a rat army reminded me of the evil hordes in Brian Jacques' Redwall books, though Redwall's horde leaders have much more distinct personalities. Gudrin made me think of Eilonwy in Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles, and Deegan is like many of Alexander's lovable rogues. The parallels with the Indian in the Cupboard series remain, as do the Narnia hints like the rhyming prophecies (which could also be a Redwall nod, come to think of it) and the need for children from our world to rescue the fantasy kingdom from destruction.After William conquers his fears in the fantasy world, one might expect that he would go back to the real world and jump that train he missed before. But Winthrop goes for something less clichéd; William decides that jumping trains is a really dumb thing to do, and refuses to try again. Jason acknowledges that "there's more than one way to jump a train" and leaves it at that. William will probably be considered less than cool at school for not jumping a train, but the point is that now he doesn't care about meeting other people's standards. He knows what he has achieved and that knowledge gives him self-respect, which is more profound than gaining mere social acceptance by performing an arbitrary rite of passage. This is a pivotal difference between this book and its predecessor; the stakes are higher and the lessons that William must learn are so much more serious.I thought it a brave choice for Winthrop to speak through song lyrics of "the Lord." She did that in the first book too, picking favorite lines from "The Battle-Hymn of the Republic" that mention the Christian God. If you are nonreligious it's easy to skip these parts because they don't tie in especially with the rest of the books. I just found it an interesting choice for this type of book.One thing that didn't quite make sense from the first book to the second was William's family's finances. In the first book, they're paying Mrs. Phillips' salary as a nanny. In the second, his parents buy him a cheaper bike than the one he wanted because their budget is too tight. Maybe the real reason Mrs. Phillips left was because his parents could no longer afford to pay her? Did William's mother quit her job to spend more time with her family and that's why money is tighter in the second book? I did breeze through this so I could have missed a crucial clue about their changed financial status.Overall, this was a fairly good sequel and I'm glad to have discovered Winthrop's work.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Battle for the castle is suspenseful. The author knpw how to keep people interested in the book until the last letter. I hope that we will see more of her in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Battle for the castle was an unforgettable book that i ck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.