The Castle in the Attic

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Random House Children's Books, May 9, 2000 - Castles - 192 pages
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William has just received the best present of his life. It's an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, moat, and a about the castle. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand!
finger-high knight to guard the gates. It's the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she's leaving, now the castle is his!
William can't wait to play with it--he's certain there's something magical
Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time--where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle . . . .

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An enjoyable read with a good plot and values. - Goodreads
Plus, there was no real love story. - Goodreads
The ending is a little clunky, but a fun. - Goodreads
Kind of the same premise as Indian in the Cupboard. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Lisa Dickson - Goodreads

Charming and creative tale, ideal for the older elementary-school set. William loses a nanny, gains a toy castle and discovers magic that takes him on a splendid adventure. Themes of love, loss, betrayal, and cruelty make it not suitable for younger readers. Read full review


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Author Elizabeth Winthrop grew up in Washington, D. C., and has written over 50 works of fiction for all ages. She has won numerous awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, the California Young Readers Medal and the Jane Addams Peace Prize Honor Book. Many of her children's books are based on her childhood memories and the experiences of her children and other children she has talked to. Her book Belinda's Hurricane is based on the time she lived through a hurricane with her grandmother on an island off the coast of Connecticut. I Think He Likes Me is based on her daughter's reaction to her younger brother when he was brought home from the hospital. Her most popular books are The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle.

The late Trina Schart Hyman illustrated dozens of books and became one of the most respected artists in the field of children's literature. She was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1985 for St. George and the Dragon

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