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The Battle for the Castle (The Castle In The Attic #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,292 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
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3 cassettes
approx. 4.5 hours

Twelve-year-old William is beginning to wonder if Jason is still his best friend. When Jason challenges William to "jump the trains," William is terrified but feels he must prove himself. The opportunity arises when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again takes him back to the mystical wor
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Published March 14th 2000 by Listening Library (first published 1993)
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Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddiwinx
sigh... cant go back, i guess. when i was little, for easter one time i received the castle in the attic and the owlstone crown - two wonderful wonderful books. this book is a sequel to the castle in the attic. it is neither wonderful nor wonderful. one thing i know about twelve-year-old american boys is that they do not say "blast" when they are angry. not just one time either. it was no typo. its just a weak follow-up, and that makes me a little unhappy. no big deal - i have other books...
3.5 stars: Kids will be happy to return to this world for another adventure.

In this second installment, William is now 12, but still short and small for his age. His friend Jason has grown several inches lately, and has gotten really into biking. He is constantly talking about training and working out. William still does gymnastics, but is thinking about quitting. It's becoming harder and harder to find common ground with Jason.

A rite-of-passage for boys in their town is "jumping the trains;" e
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Castle in the Attic was one of my favorite books as a child, and thanks to LibraryThing, I was made aware of the sequel. In The Battle for the Castle, William returns to the realm of the Silver Knight, and with the help of his friend, Jason, and the fair maiden Gudrin, is able to save the castle from another dark and mystical threat: a plague of rats.
I was a little disappointed by this story, as it seamed really rather anticlimactic and not as well plotted as it's predecessor, but it was goo
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is even better than the first. I loved it because it was funny and exciting, and the author did a wonderful job shaping all the characters personalities.

William tells his friend about the castle. Together, using the Amulet, they shrink themselves. Meeting with Sir Simon, the Knight of the castle, they embark on a magical quest to save the kingdom.
Walking out onto the drawbridge, William doesn't see the maze of boxes and old toys that was inside his attic. Instead, he sees a giant fore
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy/medival lovers
Shelves: fantasy
another interesting read by Winthrope
My kids were disappointed this was the last book of the two. They loved them both. Great read alouds!
Stephanie Pieck
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: braille
This book continued the story of William's "castle in the attic". This time, William is twelve, and he thinks he's too old to play with castles. He's also worried. His best friend, Jason, is turning into someone very different. Jason has gotten into bicycles in a big way, and he's also starting to be interested in girls. William is starting to feel as if he and Jason don't really know each other at all, and maybe that Jason will leave him behind, no longer content to be friends with the smallest ...more
Kelly Carey
I did not like this sequel as much as the 1st book in the series, and I expected a 3rd book.
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a read aloud with my kids & they loved it.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book it was kind of slow at the beginning but once it started moving more and more it was more exciting and adventurous. I think if you like strong hearted characters then you should read this book.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is basically one of those sequels that's totally different from the original in theme, despite following logically from the previous story's events.

The first book was more about a sort of "magic in the home" type theme, with William discovering that his model castle and toy knight are in fact the key to entering another world. His "toy" is actually alive and can talk, as he was a genuine knight changed into lead. Through the use of a magical amulet, William can shrink himself to the size of
Ty Rosser
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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William (who received THE CASTLE IN THE ATTIC) is now approaching his 12th birthday, but dreading the townkids' dangerous rite of passage called Jumping the Trains. Although skilled in tumbling and gymnastics, he feels outclassed by Jason, his best friend, who is both taller and more athletic (on a bike). He secretly mourns the fact that he is shorter, fearing that his stature will predestin him to failure in the world.

Then William receives a special gift from M
Kathy Stone
Once upon a time a book of this nature would have had a dream sequence. I do not know if it is a good or bad thing that dreams have been taken away from Children's Fantasy novels, but it does make some of the action illogical. There is no logic to a dream and therefore it works as a good device to introduce an illogical series of events. It could be that it has been a long time since I have read children's books and they do not seem complete to me. I am always looking for details that are not in ...more
Heather O'Neill
This is the sequel to The Castle in the Attic, which the boys and I just read as part of school. Since the boys enjoyed TCITA I would get this one. The book takes place a couple of years after the last book left off. William gets the magical token (the one that makes you small and big) in the mail from Mrs. Phillips. William decides that he wants to tell his friend Jason about it and then bring Jason into the magical world to meet his friends. Jason and William shrink each other and then head of ...more
My first introduction to The Battle for the Castle was with the audiotape, when I was just a kid. Parts of the story terrified me then, and stuck with me the years since then. Unfortunately, those were the only parts I recalled when it came time to actually read the book.

Pros: We get some interesting chemistry between the main character and his two friends, a boldly honest look at the coming-of-age theme, and a few outstanding storytelling moments.

Cons: We only see the strengths after working th
I always find it irritating when the marketers choose not to identify a book as a sequel. "Well it stands alone!" They no doubt say. "People won't read it if they think it's the ending to another story." While both these things might be true, I can't stand the constant references to what happened in the last book. It makes me feel like I'm walking into a play at the intermission and my neighbor has to whisper through the whole thing to catch me up. GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO FIND THE FIRST OF THE SER ...more
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William is now twelve, the age when the boys in town prove their manhood by "jumping the trains." Early one Saturday morning, Jason and William meet at the station. Jason easily runs, catches the ladder, and climbs over the boxcar to the other side. William decides that it's a pretty silly way to risk your life and doesn't try. Afterwards, William feels embarrassed by his failure and invites Jason over to see the castle. He shows him the token and tells him about his heroic exploits in Sir Simon ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
This sequel is a letdown, more mediocre than medieval, already fading fast from the reader's memory. Instead of another exciting quest, we get just an okay adventure. William still lacks self-confidence but he never finds it in this book. Most disappointing of all, brave and noble Sir Simon seems to have forgotten his duties as a knight and developed a beer belly. With all the evidence that something wicked this way comes to his lands, he leaves two twelve-year-old boys (and one girl) to take ca ...more
The most interesting thing about this one was that there were three children this time instead of only William. And Ms. Winthrop did an admirable job of outlining their differences without making any of them seem either better or worse than the others.

Jason is the typical reckless, sports-minded, too-brave-for-his-own-good young man. William is more reflective, less susceptible to peer pressure, and more open to wonder. Gudrin is redemption for females in a lot of classic fantasy. She still cook
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that was fun. Juvenile, but good.

I really only read this cause it was the sequel of another book. My library didn't carry it so I had to get it out through another library, and now the book is very overdue and nice fine awaits me: $4.00.

This book was very loose you could say. It ends in a way that could leave it open for more books and adventures. That is only the icing on the cake however.

The whole story has snippets of information that leads you no where and leaves you with questions.

Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tweens, fantasy, audio, 2011
Good story, very poor audio. It may be just me, but I truly dislike the multi-voice book audio especially where child actors are involved. It distracts from the story and I find myself gritting my teeth.

This is the sequel to The Castle in the Attic. It continues with William growing into a teen and watching his best friend Jason physically mature faster than William. This places stress on their friendship and William pulls the only card he has to keep Jason's interest: magic.

Jason and William sh
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adorable sequel to the original book. Only complaint? There won't be a 3rd in the series since this book was written in 1994. The series would make a great a great movie.

"As William turns twelve, he wonders if Jason is still his best friend. In the past year, Jason has grown a foot taller, while William is still a shrimp. When Jason challenges William to “jump the trains,” William is terrified. How else can he prove himself to Jason? William gets his answer when his former housekeeper sends h
Dharia Scarab

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Sequel to The Castle in the Attic, this book continues with William having further adventures in his toy castle. He's a couple years older and ropes his irritating, slangy, dim friend Jason into the adventure. Jason kind of ruined this book for me, but Logan loved it. These books are similar to The Indian in the Cupboard, in that William has a figure (a lead knight) that comes to life. William also has a token that can shrink anything alive (himsefl, his cat, etc) down to the right size to fit i ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My granddaughter first introduced me to "The Castle in the Attic" and I read it so I could discuss it with her in our long distance phone calls. I thought "The Battle for the Castle" was a very good sequal to the first book, and now I have another book to share with my granddaughter! The cover illustration on mine is different than the one shown here. (My cover shows many rats with beady red eyes.) I prefer the one shown here. THis book might be too scary for younger children being read to, but ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost ALWAYS finish books. It might take me a while, but unless there is something I absolutely can't stand, I'll finish it. Unfortunately, this book had the "something I can't stand." I liked the first book in this series, so I was excited to read this. I enjoyed it, but then I came to the rats. Ugggghhhh. This was a few years ago, and it completely freaked me out to have an onslaught of zombie rats to defeat. I never ended up finishing it, but I might go ack to it and see if the rats are le ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book terrified me when I was a kid. The first time I read it, I stayed up almost all night to finish it so I wouldn't have nightmares (got them anyway). As an adult, the power to terrify has vastly diminished, but the writing is still sound, the characters vivid, and the rat horde creepy. I didn't remember how much of the book was actually review and setup though - almost half of it. For a child with a shorter attention span, it may be harder to get into. Nevertheless, this book is sti ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid I ate fantasy like this up (including the first book) and part of me knows that I've read hundreds of similar stories. If I had read this ten years ago, nothing would have stood out, it would be just like most of what else I was reading at the time, but I'm an adult now and I loved getting a look back to eight year olds me reading life. There's nothing fantastic about it that makes me think that most people would love it as much as I did, but this only took an hour and a half to ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, and highly encourage it for readers young and old. I love that it's a story that boys and girls can relate to. Like the Chronicles of Narnia, the protagonist is transported to a fairy tale world. This continues the story of the first book to another level. I remember listening to the tape of this one, and some parts of it were really creepy. Let's just say plague rats. Or rats that are related to plague rats. That's creepy enough.
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ELIZABETH WINTHROP is the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages.

Her most recent picture book, LUCY AND HENRY ARE TWINS, a picture book for toddlers with illustrations by Jane Massey, was published by Two Lions in 2015. Publishers Weekly called MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY, published by Holiday House, a story of "two winning female characters with a message about friendship and girl power
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