Bookworm, as his name implies, devours books. When we had the opportunity to review The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins, we happily said yes. This excellent product from Shiloh Run Press is a book that kept my son’s attention (he read the whole book in a day) as well as my attention.
About The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle is written for ages 10 to 14, though teens will likely enjoy it, too. (I really enjoyed it, and I’m well into middle age!)
In this story, Avery and her younger brother, Henry, are abducted by an old woman. Avery, who is unconscious, does not know where her brother has gone. She is brought to the Glass Castle by the old woman who assures Avery that Henry is fine.
Avery gradually realizes that she’s been taken to the castle, as have all the other 13 year olds in the village without parents, to save her life. The King is dying, and his new mistress, Angelina, who becomes his wife during the book, wants all of the 13 year olds in the village killed.
Because the king does have an heir–a 13 year old heir, though know one knows about it except a select few, including Angelina who is desperate to make the child she hopes to have with the king the rightful heir.
To make matters more complicated, Avery realizes rather quickly that her mother had told her stories about a fantastical castle, which Avery now realizes is the Glass Castle. Even stranger, she finds a book in the library with her parents handwriting in it.
Bookworm’s Thoughts on the Book
The plot line in this book was really good because it was a good mystery/suspense story. It was full of hidden twists you didn’t know were coming like when Avery learned that Tuck was writing the letters put under her pillow, not Kendrick as she had originally thought. The fact that there are many characters in this book rather than just one or two makes for a more exciting story line. I can’t wait to read the sequel in the fall!
My Thoughts on the Book
I couldn’t put this book down and read it any time I had a few spare moments. I couldn’t wait to see how this every growing mystery ended. I was truly engrossed in this book from the beginning, and I think it would make a good read for anyone 10 or older.
However, I was disappointed when I did read the end. Many books have sequels, but usually, they resolve at least part of the story and leave a few loose ends that they can pick up when the next book is written. The Glass Castle, however, just stops. It’s literally like the authors chose a point to stop the story. There was NO resolution, which frustrated me to no end! Now I have to wait until this October when the second book, The Ruby Moon, will be released! Seriously, waiting until October seems too long! 🙂
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