Every castle has a history. Castle Glower’s origin is unknown, but anyone who has lived in or near it believes it has a life and mind of its own. No one is more convinced of this than eleven-year-old Princess Celie who knows the Castle better than any member of the royal household, even down to the new rooms the Castle adds to its footprint every Tuesday.

Castle Glower not only constructs and changes its floor plan; it also chooses its king. It has indicated that Celie’s brother Rolf will succeed their father, King Glower the Seventy-ninth, and the people of Sleyne would never dream of questioning the Castle’s decision. The royal family’s enemies, however, have other plans. When the king and queen as well as their eldest son Bran disappear, Celie, Rolf and their sister Lilah have their hands full protecting the throne.

Spurred on by deep respect and love for her parents and siblings, Celie remains an undaunted heroine, taking risks without losing her femininity. She collaborates effectively with her siblings. The children’s solicitousness for the castle staff demonstrates a responsibility and magnanimity worthy of their subject’s loyalty. Jessica Day George’s new series is sure to engage pre-teen girls.

Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...