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Thursdays with the Crown

(Castle Glower #3)

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Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it’s no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids – along with Celie’s pet griffin Rufus – set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what’s happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published September 2nd 2014)
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Jessica
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Finished with copyedits, January 2014.

Read aloud to the kids, September 2014.

October 2014! It's finally out! If you have been wondering about that cliffhanger ending from WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER, you need wonder and worry no more! THURSDAYS picks up just hours after WEDNESDAYS, and we find out not only what's happened to Celie and her companions, but what's been going on with the Castle, and where the Castle is really from!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
4.5 stars, rounding up. Final review, first posted at www.FantasyLiterature.com:

In this third installment in Jessica Day George’s middle grade CASTLE GLOWER series, Princess Celie, her brother Rolf, sister Lilah, and friends Pogue and Prince Lulath, have been magically transported by their capricious castle to an unfamiliar land where the castle was originally built, along with two towers of the castle and Celie’s griffin Rufus. After spending a cold night sleeping on the floor of one of the tow
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E.F.B.
Note: I’ve been listening to this series on audio, so pardon any horrible misspellings because I haven’t seen the words or names on the page.

This third book in the Castle Glower series picks up exactly where book two left off. (Because of this, new readers should be aware that this is not the book you want to start the series with, or you’ll be very confused.) As always, the family dynamics were strong and I loved the sibling interactions (and friend interactions) and teamwork, as well as watch
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Jennine meloche
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jessica is one of my favorite authors and it's sad that I can't give this book a better review. The thing that makes these books intriguing is the castle and it's quirky ways. The castle is almost a non existent character. The children who have always been cute and strong character were bland. I liked the griffins but even with them, the book lacked focus. They people in the book roam from one place to another in a far away land with disappearing and reapearing for no reason. I did finish readin ...more
Sheila Beaumont
This is the third entry in the delightful "Castle Glower" series, and my favorite so far. There's no cliffhanger in this one, but it's clear we'll be treated to a new adventure in Book 4.
AspiringAuthor
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beauty of this book...
Jessica Day George was my idol in elementary school and the Castle Glower series is why.
Lisa Elis
this one was pretty exciting except that my sis who'd read these already spoiled it all for me?? lol. the first one was still the best.

LOVE RUFUS tho and his fam <3
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Cheryl
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have not read the first two books in this series. So you might ask than why would I jump right in and check out book three. It is because I had a chance to read book three and since I have been seeing this book all over I thought I would not pass up the chance to read this book and see what this series is about. I am always on the hunt for more books for my nephews to read. I think reading for children is important and I want them to enjoy reading like I do.

First off, while I have not read th
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Lauren
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, um, this one had an ending. That’s good. A definite improvement over the second book in the Castle Glower series. But the story gets convoluted and complicated, and in the process, loses much of the magic of Celie’s world.

One of the difficulties with science fiction and fantasy – and their requisite world building – is the author has to be starkly, brutally clear about the rules of the world. It’s one of the things I love about Harry Potter: I was never confused about what could or could not
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Erica
Feb 20, 2014 added it
Just as charming and adorable as the first two books in the series, but now with more griffins! These books are enjoyable for adults too, but if you have a kid around 8-10 years old you would be nuts not to get these for them.
Jannah (Cloud Child)
3.5/5

This sequel follows the journey of the Glower family when they suddenly appear from their castle into a new and unfamiliar land. There are wild griffins and tricky possibly evil wizards to contend with who tell them of their magical castle's history. Who can they trust and how will they ever get back?

I feel the charm of the first book, lowered a little on the second book and now a little more on this one. Its still an interesting read but it felt a little less cohesive and the age group def
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Samantha
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So far out of this series this one is my favorite. You really see the children growning up into adulthood, building stronger relationships with each other and learning how to deal with envy, frienship, and using discression when trying to find out the truth. The characters develop so well.
The children are stuck in the other Land where the Castle was built trying to find the othe half of the eye to the castle. There they find other griffins, wizzards who are fighting a 500 year war and destroyin
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Mara
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Initial Thoughts: I've really enjoyed the Castle Glower trilogy from the beginning. Jessica Day George is a terrific writer and world builder, and her books are just fun. They make me feel like a kid again. Thursdays with the Crown was a good wrap-up to this Middle Grade series, if not a little too tidy.

Characters: Celie will always be a favorite Middle Grade female protagonist. She's spunky and adventurous and smart, and she gets tired of her siblings treating her like a child. I felt a little
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The Winter Rose
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
I feel really bad to say this because I am a big fan of Day George's work, but I wasn't crazy about this one. Up until now I have enjoyed this Castle Glower series but this one fell very short of the mark for me.

The writing is technically sound, but my main issue is that the narrative thread is very confusing. The motivations of several characters aren't clear and a number of the descriptions felt jumbled. Throughout the majority of the book and just kinda sat there like "Wait, I have no idea w
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Emily S.
Such a fun story! I'd forgotten just how much I adored Lulath. I've got to get this series into the hands of some of my students. There's something for everyone to love!
Adeline
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm sorry I had to rate this so low. I think the author just didn't know how to make it more adventurous, and just filled in the blanks with boring. It was hard to keep hooked in, a small dissapointment in one of my favorite series. I do recommend you continue and see what you think about this "adventure" for yourself, but it was slow paced and predictable for me. I would really rate this 3.5, but I rounded up. I understand this book was made with excellent intentions, I just don't think it met ...more
Wendi Lee
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle_grade, fantasy
I really liked this trilogy. I think it's a perfect starting place for middle grade readers new to fantasy. Celie and her siblings (and Pogue! And Lulath!! Can there be a series of books just about Lulath?) are wonderful characters, and their adventures outside the castle reveal lies and ultimately truths about Castle Glower's origin. Celie as always is a great heroine, level-headed and brave.
AMY
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5
210 pages. Book three in the series is very exciting with lots of unexpected traveling, new characters, more griffins and lots of drama. Celie continues to work her own magic as she tries to save her castle, griffin and family in a very explosive, fiery situation. Bravo! What great read! Highly recommended for grades 4-5.
Sandra
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pure-fantasy, ya
Too bad my library doesn't have the rest of the series..
Michelle
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another charming installment. Really, this was part 2 of the last book in the series.
Brandy Painter
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Am I the only one who reached the end of Wednesdays in the Tower and was outraged by where it ended? I doubt it. (I actually know I'm not because I saw the look on my daughter's face when she got there.) Well, for all of us who have been waiting to know what on earth was going on and how that was going to resolve itself, the wait is finally over. Thursdays with the Crown is here.

If you haven't read the first two Castle Glower books, read
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Amy Ackerman
School Library Journal
( August 01, 2014; 9781619632998 )
Gr 4-6-Picking up right where Wednesdays in the Tower (Bloomsbury, 2013) left off, Princess Celie and her siblings have been transported by Castle Glower to a strange land. With them are their friends Pogue and Prince Lulath, as well as Celie's griffin, Rufus. In order to return home and heal the Castle, Celie and company must find the missing piece of the Eye that has been stolen. They meet a wizard, the Arkower, and though they don't tru
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Small Review
cute as always, but not quite as compelling as the previous books. Still, looking forward to Fridays!

Originally posted on Small Review

This is a Jessica Day George book, which means it's a cute, solid read for its middle grade target audience. It's clean and sweet and touches on all those heartwarming things like friendship and family. The griffin story is complex enough to make it unique and worth following. The core characters are all likable. It's nice.

That's all a given with Jessica Day Georg
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Denae Christine
Reader thoughts There was a bit more talking and history than I cared for. Celie and her siblings had to figure out which wizard was telling the truth. Where did the griffins come from? Who really built the Castle? There was still action in the book, but some of it was off-stage without Celie.

The ending was very satisfying.

Lulath's talking is sometimes just so annoying. Surely his grammar would improve as he lives in Glower!

Is Celie 8? 12? She's small but not helpless. The plot isn't too complic
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Angie
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think Jessica Day George could be one of my favorite authors. For sure, the Castle Glower series is a must read for me. I never tire of reading about the adventures of Celie and her family. Thursdays with the Crown picks up right were Wednesdays in the Tower left off. Celie and the rest of the group have been transported to Glorious Arkower along with a couple of towers from The Castle. Right away they discover griffins, specifically the parents of Rufus, Celie's griffin. They are also introdu ...more
Mary Kyle
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, female-heros
Who couldn't love Celie, famed cartographer of the ever changing Castle Glower or her siblings? Celie is off for another big adventure with her family to save Castle Glower and solve the mystery of where it came from and why it keeps changing every Tuesday. It is a wholesome satisfying read one you can happily give to nearly anyone.

Ms. George has a gentle touch with making well built worlds that have their own internal logic. This series is no exception. The characters are lovable except for th
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
In this third book of the series, Celie and her siblings and friends are whisked away to the mysterious land where the Castle came from. Evil wizards, poisoned lakes, and griffins abound, and Celie has to figure out what the truth is about the Castle's history to find a way to get back home, save the griffins, and heal the Castle.

I didn't like this book quite as much as the others, since there was a lot of confusion about who was lying and who was telling half-truths about the past. It made for
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Jenn
3/10/17 - Erm, so, it occurred to me recently that I had read this in a very rough draft form and had never read the finished draft. So, I devoured it in two sittings and I have to wonder what the heck I was waiting for (and really, really admire the work and craft that went into polishing it, because it was good before, but now it's wonderful!) I am really loving reading this series all the way through: the characters are delightful, their adventures are gripping, the settings are interesting a ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Celie, Lilah, Rolf and their friends Lulath and Pogue find themselves in a different world with parts of Castle Glower. They want to find the missing piece of the eye in order to fix Castle Glower. But before they find that missing piece, they find griffins, two competing evil wizards, and conflicting stories about the history of the castle.

This is the third book in the series that began with Tuesday at the Castle. Celie's older brother and sister are still determined to protect her but Celie ha
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Sara
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George is third book in the Tuesdays at The Castle Series. This series follows the plucky Celie who lives in a magical castle. In this book the castle as transported Celie, her friends and siblings and her pet griffin to the land where the castle originated. They have to find out how to save the castle and get home.



I adore this series and this book did not disappoint. Celie was strong and her griffin was wonderful and the castle remained the character tha
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