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Wednesdays in the Tower (Tuesdays at the Castle Series #2)

Wednesdays in the Tower (Tuesdays at the Castle Series #2)

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by Jessica Day George

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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


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....

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)
From the Publisher

“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
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

Product Details

Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
Tuesdays at the Castle Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Wednesdays in the Tower 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
booksaresanity More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reccomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. But is she going to write another?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well jessica i have to say i normally love your books but i am bioling over with anger at this one. Why thats simple IT DIDN'T END. This is were it left off they still don't know anything about the castle's home or the girffens parents. They still haven't fixed the eye of the castle. The castle it's self is falling apart and they are traped IN AN OTHER WORLD, you call that an ENDING!!? Well I call it a cheep sacm it makes your spend even MORE money because you have to buy the third book too. Well I'M not falling for it the rest of you can spend like theres no tomarra but i'm saving my money. I don't even CARE IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT how this book ends. From (a VERY angry) Jing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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KatrinaMG More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!!! This book series is so good and I can't wait to read the next two. I think you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect if you want fun, exciting, and suspensful. You don't know whats going to hapen next. Hope this helped tell you.... BUY THIS SERIES!!! Thanks for reading! Love, IceFawn. &hearts! &hearts!! &hearts!!! &hearts!!!! &hearts!!!!! P.S. &hearts forever!!!!!! And ever! I'm SHOULD stop writing now but i won't. Dpes any one know how to do emojis? If you do please post back to tell me. I can only do the heart. ( it's & hearts, without the space). So if you know how to do emojis replie to IceFawn. I wish i was a princess. I would have: long black hair, fair skin, light purple eyes, and would be slender. Gifts i would like from my fairy-godmothers; slender and poise. Grace and beauty. No magic would be able to harm me. I would be a great dancer, singer, and could play any instrument. And i would be a remarkable drawer. I would love to be princess of the kingdom ok Treecrest, from some of E. D. Bakers books. I want to tell you a story of honesty; on a old dirt road, a young girl was walking. She was dressed poorly and was covered in dirt, but she had a glint in her eye. Some people passed her, not giving her more then a glance. But lo, and behold, a large caravan came tumbling passed. It stopped by a welk up road. The girl said "Kind Sirs, may i have drink?" The 'Sirs' laughed, spit in her face, and said; "This water is for the Duke Jacub, of Dorifurr. A peasent like you my not drink it!" After that caravan left, wagons came and went. Every time a person walked or rode by the girl dropped a coin. No one gave them back. But then a royal prossesion passed and the dropped a coin. The prince shouted "Stop the prossesion, please!" He then got out, picked up the coin, handed it to the girl, and smiled. "Who might you be?" Questioned the prince. Suddenly the girl changed. In her place was a beautiful girl, with clthes of royalty, and not a speck of dirt to be seen on her. "I'm Lucinda, duaghter of King Baldwick, rular of Helmstopia." So the duke, not kind nor thoughtful, wouldn't share WATER! But this prince, in a very large prossesion which wasn't easy to stop, did so any way to give this dirty, ragged, girl her coin. And that's not a real story but you get the picture; be nice to whomever; you don't know when one of them is a prince or princess! Goodbye! L&heartsve, IceFawn. P.S. Happy early Valentines day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, and was disappointed with this one. It was a bit confusing to follow and left a cliffhanger... really? Plus the storyline is very different..focuses more on the raising of a griffin than an exciting adventure that the castle has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't you heard!!! There's going to be a third book!!! When we get the third book we can get back on track!!! So hopefully it won't be a cliffhanger!!! Anyway i really loved this book!!! Here are my espxtashons 1.it has to be eviting 2.it can not be a sad story 3.it can not have people or animmals die now here is a small quiz vvvvvvv what is a griffin vv who are the main characters v why is the catlie in danger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The person who asked if it was going to be a bad cliffhanger can be reassured that though it isnt the worst, it isnt the best either
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Great for all ages,Jessica Day George's Wednesdays in the tower is a fun novel that I read twice a day!
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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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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