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Tuesdays at the Castle

(Castle Glower #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  18,378 ratings  ·  2,449 reviews
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Ce ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Bloomsbury
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George I suppose that many kids won't want to read a book in which the PoV character is too much younger than they are, so perhaps Celie being 11 does place …moreI suppose that many kids won't want to read a book in which the PoV character is too much younger than they are, so perhaps Celie being 11 does place the intended cut-off at about grade 5 or 6. But I don't think I paid much attention to that sort of thing 50 years ago, and I certainly don't now.

I mean, I'm quite old enough to be somebody's great-grandfather, and I liked the book on its own terms. Yes, I was aware thruout that it was a kids' book and nothing truly awful was going to happen to anyone despite all the threats--and I was right. Even the prime villain was only <spoiler>carried off to parts unknown by a transformed stuffed animal</spoiler>.

And I expect I'll read all the sequels.(less)
Hollie Martin No cliffhanger. But if you want more Celie definetley read the other books. I now own the series and I would not regret it. They are all such amazing …moreNo cliffhanger. But if you want more Celie definetley read the other books. I now own the series and I would not regret it. They are all such amazing books.(less)

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Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just finished reading the manuscript, prior to beginning the Big Edit. Really excited about this book, the first in a middle grade series that will explore the endless possibilities of turning an eleven-year-old princess loose in a magic castle!

*Reading aloud to my kids, March 2012.

*Reading aloud to my kids, and also to prep for Fridays, June 2014.

*Read aloud via FB and Insta Live for the King's English Bookshop during a global pandemic! Had honestly forgotten many of the fun little details of t
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Review also posted at Fantasy Literature.

Though I enjoy some YA fiction, I don't read many middle grade books at this point in my life unless my 12 year old really twists my arm. But the idea behind Tuesdays at the Castle just sounded so fun that I couldn't resist when I saw it on the library shelf. Its pages were waving to me, I swear!

Eleven year old Princess Celie and her royal family live in Castle Glower, which has a life and sometimes quirky opinions of its own and takes an interest in th
I am a fan of Jessica Day George.  There is no denying that.  But most of what I've read by her has been more on the YA side than the middle grade side, so even though I was super excited for Tuesdays at the Castle, there was still the question of whether I would like her MG stuff.  I'm not sure why I was worried. It flowed along so well and kept me going.  Two sittings and I pretty much engulfed it all, continuously telling myself "I should stop after X, I should stop after Y..." and I just cou ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I need to mention I received this book from GoodReads giveaways.

Princess Celie is the youngest daughter of a royal couple who reside in Castle Glower. The latter is not a regular castle, but something which as Celie suspects possesses some intelligence. It is also grows by itself every Tuesday adding new rooms and making it very hard to navigate it (Hogwarts instantly comes to mind). Due to a series of seemingly unrelated unfortunate incidents, it is up to Celie and her slightly older siblings R
Kate Willis
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, that was a darling! ;) I loved the concept, and throughout the book, the castle got more and more unpredictable and downright fantastic. Definitely not just a Tuesday thing. ;)

Celie was a great main character. I loved her curiosity and how adamantly certain she was about the meaning of some things the castle was doing. (This is so hard to keep spoiler-free, can’t you tell? XD) It was also brilliant fun how she was trying to map the ever-changing castle. Lilah was a classic older sister, a
Allison Tebo
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beware – I’m sick and don’t have it altogether so this review might be a bit more fangirling than review.

When I first started this story I thought it was going to be a bit more zany and with more of a Christopher Healy vibe– after all, we have a castle that magically rearranges itself to order.

Boy, was I wrong. This book was whimsical, but definitely not wacky! And while there is a gentle, sophisticated humor throughout the book, the style is never zany. Beautifully and poignantly written – whe
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes a good story well-told.
I made the mistake of picking this up after midnight (not telling how far after midnight) to settle down a bit before bed. Four hours later (yes, I know, I'm actually kind of a slow reader—certainly compared to some) I finished the book with a sense of satisfaction that overrode the impending doom of waking in two hours to go to work.

This book is aimed at a bit younger audience than I usually read (middle grade?). I love YA novels and wouldn't dream of disparaging a book based on its target mark
Sherwood Smith
May 20, 2014 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Whenever I read a book aimed at a young audience I have to pause and consider how I might have enjoyed it at the age for which it was written, especially if I see glimpses of a really good book in a might-have-been good.

This was one of those books. If I'd read it at age nine, I would have loved it to pieces. (Though I would have been convinced that the author stole my castle of appearing and disappearing rooms, but that, as they say, is another story.) The main thing is, at nine, I believed that
Barb Middleton
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
When I was 10 my dad had me help him sheetrock the basement ceiling. He piled three phone books on the tallest chair in the house, told me to scramble up as he stood on the ladder next to the chair holding a heavy piece of sheetrock flush with the ceiling. He needed help holding the sheetrock while attaching it to the ceiling. Sweat trickled down his face as I quickly clambered on top of the slippery phone books. Once my head was in position, he used a noisy power drill shooting screws into the ...more
Gretchen Rubin
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! So imaginative--I love this world. And I love the relationship among the family members and with the Castle. A magic castle that responds to those who dwell within it -- what a terrific idea for a book. I'm now planning to work my way through everything Jessica Day George has written. Tip for parents who are looking for books for their children: this is exciting, suspenseful, and high stakes without ever really feeling scary. ...more
Lisa Elis
the fact that my mom's reading this series aloud to my siblings totally counts as my having 'read' it right??? RIGHT? bc that's what I'm gonna mark it as mwahahahaaa

THIS BOOK WAS SO FUN!! just loved the writing, the characters, the world building, the humor, and everything. also my mom's voice and how she reads. yeah now I can't even read these to myself cos it ruins it lol


ok sorry had to. peace out ;D
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to E.F.B. by: Kate Willis
Note: I listened to this on audio so please pardon any misspellings that occur, especially of names, because I didn't get to see the words on a page.

I decided I wanted to read this book after one of my Goodreads and writer friends, Kate Willis wrote a review for it on her blog, "Once Upon an Ordinary" (It's a great blog, I recommend it!) and it sounded like just the kind of thing I would enjoy. This book is aimed at middle grade audiences, but I have never cared for what age a story is intended.
Sarah Grace Grzy
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
Even though I was older than the target demographic when I read this, I still LOVED it! Simple, clean, happy fantasy! Would make a great read aloud!
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I took almost 2 years on this one, but the fun was not diminished by the extensive amount of time. If you can still call it fun by the end of the story, life in the castle had turned into something of a nightmare for the Glower children! What a great story tho, with something for everyone and a pretty darn good ending.

I just received Wednesdays in the Tower this week too, so that's up soon.
3/4/17 I am rereading the series in preparation for reading Saturdays at Sea, the last book in the series, and I truly do love this book and this castle.

7/12/13 Read this book again with a big grin plastered on my face. Just love it so! I liked all the siblings even more this time and think Pogue is particularly sigh-worthy and Prince Lulath, well, I wish he were real, because I'd like to hang out with him. And with the Castle! (I finished it last night and had a dream that I lived in a magicall
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute and funny and smart MG fantasy, which I enjoyed very much. Like many of my friends who've read this, I was equally taken with the castle itself (not only sentient but keeps the monarchy about more than just inheritance!) and Celie, the 11-year-old heroine. I was particularly happy that her siblings listened to her, which I'd been afraid they might not do at points. I also look forward to more of Prince Lulath when I read on in the series! ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This was a really cute book. I loved Celie's character and her faith in the Castle. The Castle was such a magnificent thing. It was lovely to see Celie and her siblings protect the Castle just like it protected them. The plot was intriguing enough and I wasn't ever bored. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointingly juvenile, this doesn't have a lot of adult appeal. Fair enough I guess, the main character is eleven. I feel like the reading age might be more like 7-8.

Instead of the fantasy adventure I was expecting, the royal children save the day by playing pranks on the bad guys, Home Alone in a medieval castle. No kidding: there is supposed to be a serious, dangerous assassination plot against their family going on and they decide to solve it by smearing poop on the perpetrator's shoes and
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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Olga Godim
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is a charming book, and I enjoyed it very much. I loved everything about it: its cute cover, its fast-moving plotline, and its enchanting, inventive protagonist, eleven-year-old Princess Celie. I regret that I don’t belong to the book’s target audience – middle grade school children – any longer, because if I did, I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed this short novel even more.
Celie is the youngest daughter of the King of Sleyne. She lives with her family in a magical Castle, a Castle with personal
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't wait to read this book. It sounded so fun and magical; plus I'm a fan of Jessica Day George. Though most of her young adult books can border middle grade this was the first one with an actual girl of middle grade age. Though my 9-12 years are kind of blur to me I think the heroine Celie sounded just right.

Princess Celie is a spirited young girl who lives in this castle. A castle that changes halls, rooms, and closets seemingly on a whim and the one who knows the most about this castl
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars. Really fun, suspenseful fantasy! I have to admit, though, that I expected to enjoy it more than I did. Sometimes high expectations are just NOT a good thing.

*groans* I waited wayyy too long to update this. But sometimes that's a good thing. I'm going to have to chop off the .25, and say that this one was a solid 4. I really enjoyed the different characters in this book, and the fact that they all had distinct personalities. I also enjoyed the angle of the castle being its own charact
Melissa McShane
I loved this book! Though it's written just right for a middle-grade audience, it belongs with the handful of middle-grade books (most notably Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mysteries) that have enough substance to appeal to older readers as well. I especially liked the characterization of Castle Glower and Celie's relationship with it, something I'd like to see explored in later books. And Prince Lulath! My very favorite character. He is positively adorable. Very, very enjoyable book, and I ...more
Apr 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
Perhaps a little young for me, but I'll probably totally enjoy it anyway and proudly admit it. :D ...more
Faith M:)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series very much! You grow to love Celie and Castle Glower! I would definitely recommend this series.
Celia McMahon
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With the kiddo home due to corona virus, I don’t have much time to sit and write a detailed review so I’ll just say this: I loved this book. The plot was fast paced, the main characters brave and sensible and what an ending! Love. Love. Love.
Oh friends, you know I am a sucker for setting as character and never has it been so strongly present as in Tuesdays at the Castle. Castle Glower is a main character in this book as assuredly as the royal children themselves. The rearranged and suddenly appearing rooms (that always seems as if they were really there all along) reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones’ House of Many Ways, though Castle Glower edges it out in my heart with its temperament. If the castle likes you your rooms will be lavish ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, no-no-no
I started reading this book with such hopes. Unfortunately, these hopes went unfulfilled on two levels, readability and philosophically.

From a readability stand point, this book did nothing for me. I found it dragged and dragged until the last few pages, then all of the action happened all at once, then ended awkwardly. I thought that the characters were also flat and stereotyped so strongly that they were practically caricatures rather than characters. Finally, I also thought that the author wa
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenges
I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked this one. I did it for the PopSugar reading challenge (book with a day/month in the title, obviously) and I wasn't hugely looking forward to it, but it was really, really fun.

The adventures that the royal kids get up to are engaging and while the book ultimately stuck to its MG basis, I was also surprised at how serious things got. This book could easily have been some kind of psychological horror if Jessica Day George had let it go YA or New Adult o
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I JUST GOT MY SIGNED COPY IN THE MAIL!!!!!! (I ordered it from King's English Bookshop, where she was doing a signing)

Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this book!
From the very first sentence, "When Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a new room or two." I was hooked. My family barely managed to communicate with me at all, I was too busy reading. I got it late Saturday afternoon, and finished it early Sunday afternoon.

It is NOT your typical fairytale/princess book. It is FAR from your avera
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