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The Battle for the Castle

The Battle for the Castle

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by Elizabeth Winthrop

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In this sequel to The Castle in the Attic, twelve-year-old William uses a magic token to return, through the toy castle in his attic, to the medieval land of Sir Simon, which is now menaced by a skeleton ship bearing a plague of evil.


In this sequel to The Castle in the Attic, twelve-year-old William uses a magic token to return, through the toy castle in his attic, to the medieval land of Sir Simon, which is now menaced by a skeleton ship bearing a plague of evil.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The daring and thrills of living in a medieval castle, participating in jousting contests and then trying to rid the countryside of a frightening evil force should be enough to keep all readers glued to their seats. This is a gripping sequel to The Castle in the Attic. The magic token William's former nanny sends him for his 12th birthday allows him to shrink to the size of the toys in his castle. Once their size, he becomes part of their world. He is soon enmeshed in a battle to save Sir Simon's kingdom. Along with his buddy Jason, William learns the true meaning of heroism.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Two years have elapsed since young William battled the forces of evil in The Castle in the Attic (Holiday, 1985). Now turning 12, he's miserable because he thinks his friend has outstripped him in bravery, for Jason has ``jumped the trains,'' which is the local male rite of passage, while he has failed. In the previous story, his family's former housekeeper gave William a model castle and a magic token through which he entered its inner world. Now that he is maturing, she again presents him with the token, and he and Jason return to the castle. William is welcomed back and he soon learns that there is again great danger in the land. A monstrous army of rats, behind a gigantic leader, is ravaging the land, eating everyone in sight. William is pressed into defending the castle and destroying the rats. He has to rely on his wits and his courage, for the magic token has been stolen; in the process, he learns that he does not have to jump trains to prove bravery. William and Jason offer contrasting models of what constitutes heroism. Some readers will wonder how the rats came under the spell of their demonic leader, but others will just enjoy the adventure. --Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Deborah Abbott
In a sequel to "The Castle in the Attic" (1985), William receives a magic token for his birthday, along with a note about love, courage, and loyalty and a reminder that his new age, 12, is appropriate for becoming a squire. Since this same token whisked him back to medieval times in the previous episode, William and his friend Jason try it again and, entering the castle in the attic, find themselves caught up in a wild drama involving an ancient chant that foretells the return of evil. Along with young Gudrin and her Uncle Dick, among others, William and Jason lure hordes of deadly rats into the castle while they wait for Sir Simon to return and rescue them. This well-crafted story is a beautifully blended mixture of fantasy and adventure, with a forceful and thoughtful underlying theme of courage. Readers who have not read the first book will find this story satisfying on its own, and many may clamor for further adventures created through the powers of the small token.

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of books for all ages. The "Battle for the Castle" was nominated for several state awards, the "The Castle in the Attic," a prequel to "The Battle for the Castle," was nominated for twenty-four state awards and won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and was named a Children's Choice by the International Reading Association.

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Battle for the Castle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 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.
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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.