I know I've mentioned several times here how frustrating it can be to find good quality middle grade fiction for my bookworm Ballerina to read. Ballerina absolutely loved the opportunity to read The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press.
For this review, we received The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins, a 251-page, hardcover book.
As soon as the book arrived in the mail, I handed it to Ballerina. She immediately raced up to her room and started reading. Two and a half hours later, she came back downstairs with the book in her hand. She had finished it!
Once she was done, I started the book. Immediately I could see why she was able to finish the book so quickly; I was drawn into the story from the beginning, making it hard to put the book down until I was done.
About the Book:
The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins is an action-adventure book recommended for ages 10-14.
The book opens with 13-year-old Avery having been kidnapped and worried about her 3-year-old brother. He was with her when she was taken, and she has no idea where he was taken or what has happened to him.
She eventually finds that she's been taken to a castle where she's being kept in an underground network of other kidnapped children, all of whom are also 13 years old. She makes friends with some of the other children and together they discover that the king and his first wife had a child born 13 years ago. The first wife died, and no one knows what happened to the child. The new queen is on a mission to rid the kingdom of 13 year olds, but Avery and her friends have other plans.
Along the way, Avery discovers that her mother, who also disappeared several years before, has some connection to the castle where Avery is being held. Things get really interesting at the end when Avery discovers that it's possible that the king's child is one of the 13 year olds hidden in the castle.
Like I said earlier, The Glass Castle was difficult to put down. The story moves quickly and had enough intrigue to make me want to find out what would happen next.
Avery's character and her circumstances are well developed, although the other characters in the book aren't developed quite as much. Since this is the first in a series, I'm hoping that each successive book will better develop several of the other characters.
The ending of The Glass Castle was like a typical cliffhanger. Growing up, I absolutely hated to see the words "To Be Continued" on the screen at the end of a tv show. That's how I felt at the end of this book. While it does lend itself to creating a desire for the next book in the series, it makes me extremely frustrated to not know what comes next yet.
This was a very interesting book. It had a lot of cliffhanger moments that kept me on the edge of my seat. My favorite character was Avery because she showed courage in the face of a difficult situation. The book's ending makes me want to read the next one in the series.
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