The Castle in the Attic

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1985 - Juvenile Fiction - 179 pages
246 Reviews
One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time!

William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh 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 the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! 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. . . .

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A California Young Reader Medal Winner
A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Winner
  

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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

Review: The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic #1)

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

Review: The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic #1)

User Review  - Tory - Goodreads

A quick middle grade read about bravery, chivalry, and the consequences of our actions. It is refreshing to read about an athletic, but not cool kid who struggles to make friends with his peers. I could see a lot of quiet, quirky middle school boys really enjoying this book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
41
Section 4
49
Section 5
57
Section 6
71
Section 7
93
Section 8
131
Section 9
149
Section 10
160
Section 11
182
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About the author (1985)

Elizabeth Winthrop is the award-winning author of books for all ages, including The Battle for the Castle and Counting on Grace, available in Yearling editions. She lives in New York City and the Berkshires.

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