Reading, that word that either sparks excitement or dread among children. But, if you can find a good book, there won't be a problem. We had the chance to read The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press. This book, oh my!
This hardcover book has 256 pages and 41 short chapters. It is geared towards kids between 10 and 14 years old. However, my 7 and 5-year-old love listening to me read this book to them. They were hooked from the first chapter!
The Glass Castle is a story about a young girl, Avery, who is kidnapped on her 13th birthday with her 3-year-old brother. As she awakes, she finds herself alone in a crate with no knowledge of what has happened to her brother, or her father. She is brought to a strange castle by an old lady.
Once in the castle, she finds that she is not the only 13-year-old that has been brought here. Working behind the scenes are kidnapped 13-year-old orphans. Why? Well, you don't find out right away, but I will hint that it has to do with the King's new wife and her fear of his child that was lost 13 years ago, the proper heir to the throne.
Avery finds herself remembering songs and stories that her mom had told or song to her before she died, these songs and stories come into play as Avery tries to figure the secrets of the castle without getting into more trouble. She does find out that her ruby necklace was worn by the late queen, which makes her more interested in the secrets than she was before!
While the main character of this story is a girl, this book if for boys and girls alike. Ray Ray was hooked from day one. He tried to sneak the book to his room to finish reading, yet didn't like it as much as when I was reading it aloud. He brought it back with a sad face and asked me to read another chapter!
The Glass Castel has been a great book, for the moment we checked out this free sample piece, which left us wanting the book faster than it could get here, to actually reading it. The chapters are simple and short. They are easy to read, but leave you wanting more, making it hard to set this book down.
The story is great for all ages. There are no bad words, the vocabulary is easy to understand and the storyline is easy to follow, no jumping all over the place. God, the bible and praying play a role in this book (we loved seeing this) and there are no inappropriate relationships, come on, the kids are only 13 no relationships are needed at this age!
This is one of those books that leaves you hanging at the end. You won't find the answers you want, and you will be waiting for the next book, The Ruby Moon, to be released this fall 2016.
We loved this book, all the mystery, suspense and deception. I loved being able to introduce the kids to this kind of book without worry of harsh words or actions. We are excited for the next book and look forward to reading this one a few more times in the meantime!