Summer reading is just around the corner for our homeschool. Time to fill the bookshelves with new books for my older children to pick from to complete their daily summer reading requirements. We stop school soon and typically they have to do a little math and a little reading each day as those skills seem to evaporate if not practiced over break. This year we agreed Mom picks a book then they pick one as our requirement. Hopefully this alternating arrangement will keep the kids interested.
One of the books I will be including in their choices is The Shiloh Run Press book: The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins. I was recently sent this book to review and I know the big kids will enjoy it as much as I did.
About this book:
This is a fantasy book about a girl Avery and how her life suddenly changes on her thirteenth birthday. Captured and separated from her little brother she finds herself in an orphanage inside the king's palace. The rules of the place don't make sense but she must follow them to secure her little brother's survival. She has many questions but as soon as she gets one answer another mystery pops up. Avery has to remember the lessons her mother taught her and find the bravery to solve the mystery of what is going on with her and the other captive children.
I personally read this book and plan to give it to my 13 year old to read. Fantasy and mystery are two of my favorite genres and this book covers both. It is designed as a young adult book (or juvenile) but I think many ages will like it. I would caution you to pre-read for younger or sensitive children as there are themes of kidnapping and threats harm. I think that might be a bit to scary for younger/sensitive readers. There is also a death and you are unsure how other characters are fairing (they don't tell us how Avery's father is or her little brother.) This might be upsetting for younger children but of course older children will be intrigued. That said this book is a very clean read. No sex or drugs. Nothing inappropriate for kids. I love that! The story is fantastic - giving us an almost new universe where things are peculiar and old fashion. I wish I had gotten more answers in this volume because there are still so many mysteries surrounding the main character -Avery. I would have liked a scene seeing her brother was okay. I think that would have been a story improvement. There is a sequel due out in the fall and I suspect all my questions will be answered in that book. I'm intrigued enough that I will be purchasing the next book because the story was rather entertaining.
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