This is one of those books that keeps you up at night because you're just not able to put it down! Congratulations to Avi who, once again, has created an adolescent novel full of interesting, complex, and captivating characters. This story is packed with vivid, enchanting descriptions, including those of the castle, the hidden passage ways, the surprising twists, the secret conversations, and the mysterious ghost. Additionally, the gentle use of medieval language serves to establish the setting well, without alienating readers who would normally be "turned off" by such dialogue. As a teacher, I've recommended this book to many of my sixth grade language arts students, all of whom, upon finishing it, immediately ask for another just like it.
This is a good book for mystery, adventure, and, well, magic! I would definitely recommend this to 4-7th graders, with its vocabulary being very high. While the book moves incredibly slow, with some parts you just want to skip, most parts of it is actually quite interesting. Almost every single chapter it leaves a cliffhanger, sometimes HUGE that you can't bear your self from reading on. Still, though, the book is very surprising and has an extremely strange ending. Starts to get interesting from- Chapter 16 Possible "don't know" vocabulary words for average 4th grader- 300 5th grader- 250 6th grader- 150 7th grader- 100 I don't know-450
We have now placed two orders for this book in paperback for my son's summer reading, both came with pages incorrect in the book. We are missing pages 23-54 and instead have pages 199-230 for a second time in the book in there place. Not sure what went wrong with there printing!!