The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
From Miss Sheri at Plymouth and Crestview
Can you imagine saying good-bye to a friend who is moving that you have known your whole life? Would it be easier if that friend gave you a spectacular gift?
For 10-year-old William, this very thing is happening. His housekeeper and friend, Mrs. Phillips, is returning to her home in England. As a parting gift, she bestows upon William a miniature castle that belonged to her as a child. The castle is extremely detailed, done in stone and wood, and includes a working drawbridge and moat surrounding the castle. And best of all, it comes with a miniature knight named Sir Simon.
Unbeknownst to William, the castle is actually under a magical spell. When William picks up Sir Simon, he comes to life and tells him the story of a wizard who took over his kingdom. When William discovers that Sir Simon is in possession of a token he stole from the wizard that has the ability to shrink people, this gives him a way to keep his friend from leaving and he has Sir Simon shrink Mrs. Phillips.
Now, William must find a way to get Mrs. Phillips back to her normal size and the only way to do that is for William himself to be shrunk so that he can go after the other half of the token, which is with the wizard. Can William embark upon this adventure to save himself and Mrs. Phillips? Can he restore the kingdom back to Sir Simon by defeating the wizard? Pick up a copy of The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop and find out William’s story of knights, dragons, wizards and daring deeds!
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More From the Web
- Here is a reading guide and other resources for use with The Castle in the Attic.
- Also, check out this teaching guide on Random House’s website to go along with the book!
- Ms. Winthrop has given some great advice for young writers on her website.
- The library also has more books by Elizabeth Winthrop!