Today's book review comes to you in the form of a guest post from my teen aged daughter, Brianna! We received the book The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press last month. Brianna is a voracious reader and finished it in just a couple of days.
The Glass Castle is about a young, 13 year old girl named Avery. Avery and her brother get kidnapped and taken to a strange castle. Avery is separated from her brother and soon learns that all the other children are 13 and up and are separated from their brothers or sisters, as well.
The difference between Avery and the other kids is she still has a father. The other children are all orphans. Avery’s story becomes a quest to find answers, find her brother, and find a way out of the dangerous and chaotic castle.
Her quest becomes more and more confusing and difficult as more events unfold, such as the king announcing his wife and queen to-be, kids disappearing, and the worst: boy drama. UGH! Avery wants to go back home and be with her family again but she also wants to help the other kids that are still trapped in the castle. Oddly enough, the only way, it seems, that she can do both is by remembering her mother's stories of a mysterious glass castle with secret passageways and underground corridors.
I liked the book because it has a lot of mysteriousness and suspense in it. Before reading each page you wonder if the page will have an answer to a previous question or raise another question and the story gets more interesting either way. I like the end because it ends on a good cliff hanger that makes me excited to read the next book.
This 256 page, 41 chapter, hardback book sells for $12.99 (the Kindle version is also $12.99). The Glass Castle is a juvenile fiction story with a suggested age range of 10-14 year olds. Brianna is 16, and she enjoyed it immensely. The sequel, Ruby Moon, is scheduled to come out in October of 2016, and she has already asked me if I will buy it for her.
The Glass Castle would make great summer reading for your children who enjoy fiction. We will be passing it on to both Eli, age 14, and Jack, age 12, for them to read at their leisure.
You may recognize the name Jerry B. Jenkins as one of the authors of the Left Behind series that was popular about a decade ago. I remember reading them when we lived in Santa Rosa. Trisha White Priebe works for Jerry. This is her second book.
Shiloh Run Press is a division of Barbour Publishing. We reviewed Jonah and the Bear and Diary of a Real Payne (book 1) for them in the past. You can connect with Barbour Publishing through Facebook and Twitter. To read what other Crew families thought of The Glass Castle, please click the box below.
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