Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A new author for me, but in the same youth fantasy genre.

An imaginative premise, with a castle that is alive and conscious.
Two sisters and one brother, caught up in castle politics, their parents assassinated, or kidnapped.

The plot line was one-dimensional, with conniving politics, which is too complex or subtle for the younger set (below 7-9 years old, maybe). There isn't much in the way of subplots to add variety. Not much character development. Dialogue writing was mediocre, I thought.

The strengths of the book are showing kids sticking together and working together, using their strengths where they are needed most, not giving up hope or courage in adversity.

A+ in moral content, but C- in quality of writing.

I have a vague speculation that the author is Mormon, based on her school and residence, and the overall moral "tameness" of the story. There is moral clarity regarding the magic present in the book, which is good.

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