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5.0 out of 5 starsReal kids making the best of an unusual situation
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
Got this for free, but after reading it I'm all ready to pay for the sequel. Came to Amazon to look for it, and it's not out yet. Argh! Anyway, I really liked this. Read it in a day. The kids (13-year-olds) seemed real - no super powers, no super stupid or super evil, just real kids who are creative and making the best of an unusual situation. Now admittedly, at 60, I'm a long way from 13, so maybe my judgement about teens is off, but I think this is great and could appeal to many. Fantasy, and with some mild Christian references (a couple meetings in the chapel, a couple of short prayers for help), but much more realistic than Narnia, and the Christianity is not obtrusive. Almost no violence, no bad language (maybe not realistic for today's teens but I don't think the absence makes these teens any less real), no sex but a bit of romantic interest. I think maybe there were a couple of places where there was typo or a word dropped or misplaced or misused, but very few. It is a cliff-hanger, I guess, but still made a good story in itself. If it was a war story, it would be like the story of one battle and its resolution, but not the resolution of the whole war.
The Glass Castle has nice mystery, a little romance, and an interesting character that should entertain the younger girls in particular. Although the setting seems uncertain, somewhere in 18th or 19th century Europe, with a few possible anachronisms the powerful yet subtle spiritual character development of Avery was intriguing. The action also clips along, and the book ends with a cliffhanger that will require the reader to continue the series in The Ruby Moon.
On her 13th birthday, Avery Godfrey is kidnapped and taken to a huge castle perched on an island in a shimmering sea. There she joins dozens of other prisoners—all 13-year-old orphans. The old woman who seems in charge, warns Avery that any escape attempts will jeopardize the life of her three-year-old brother. Reluctantly Avery joins Tuck, Kate, Kendrick and the other kids as they perform the castle’s shores while remaining hidden from the king and every other adult. Using a system of secret passageways and scouts, the children must remain hidden or forfeit their lives. But while serving, the children spy on the royals, and discover an evil plot mysteriously linked to their own fate.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Book for Middle School Children - and All Mystery Adventure Lovers!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
The Glass Castle by Trisha Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins is a wonderful and mysterious journey that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end. Our journey begins with the fearless heroine, Avery, experiencing a sad turn of events on her thirteenth birthday – she is kidnapped! The who, what, where, when, why and how of this kidnapping is slowly revealed bit by bit as the reader follows bold and adventurous Avery through many cliffhanger moments. Her desire to find all of the answers to her dilemma often puts herself and others in danger – sometimes to the point of death.
As a book written for middle-school children, Avery relates well to the insecurities, dreams, and rash decisions that are common during this time in life. Even though this book was written in language easily read by middle-school children, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the rich way the author used alliteration and simile among other style techniques. It was refreshing to read a book with no crude language or sexual overtones (other than a marriage proposal or two). I may have raised an eyebrow at the marriage proposal between two thirteen-year-olds, but then my thirteen-year-old informed me that it was a different era back then! She was clearly taken with this story in its ancient setting!
5.0 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed reading this book
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2016
I really enjoyed reading this book!! It is meant for young adults/tweens, but I truly loved it and I'm excited for the next one in the series! Trisha builds the characters very well, and you hurt and hope alongside each of them--especially Avery, the protagonist. Trisha illustrates the scene so well with her words, that you almost feel like you are right there with them. It was a "hard-to-put-down" book, because I just had to know what was going to happen next! Obviously, that's what makes for great literature anyway! :) I highly recommend The Glass Castle--particularly for young girls--but also for anyone that loves fantasy/adventure in a God-honoring setting. Can't wait for book number 2!! :)
5.0 out of 5 starsA great read for kids and adults alike.
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016
Interestingly enough, one of my Sunday school girls handed this book to me. I had recommended a book for her, so we swapped. I just finished reading it an bought it in Kindle format for my grandkids to read. The king is nearing death and needs an heir. His bride . . . a power hungry evil woman. For some reason, all of the 13 year old children are being abducted and hidden in the very castle where the king and his new bride live -- although in secret. They take care of the sewing, cooking, baking, etc. but are not to be found out or they'll surely die. Why are they kidnapping the children? Why only those that are 13 years old? You'll need to read it to find out.
Unique and imaginative story that will pull your tween away from the cell phone. This is well written and actually has an interesting plot with lots of twists, turns, and mystery. Very worthwhile purchase. I would advise ordering all three though, because the cliffhangers are such that your daughter will want to start the next as soon as she finishes.
I got this book thinking it was the same book my friend was reading. Much to my delight it has been an easy read. Not the kind of story I tend toward. The story has been refreshing. The only disappointment is that it is not self contained and in order to finish the story, I must purchase another book....