There May be a Castle
Written by Piers Torday
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November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday’s beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It’s Christmas Eve and Mouse, his sisters and mum are driving across the snowy moors to his grandparents’ house when their car plunges off the road. Thrown clear Mouse begins a journey for help, but as a knight in one of the fantasy stories that mean so much to him in real life. It’s an epic journey too, full of strange characters, friends and enemies alike, and despite the dreamlike atmosphere the reader is never in any doubt as to how dangerous it is, or how much depends on Mouse reaching the castle. Not many books change readers’ views of the world, this might be one of them. ~ Andrea Reece
Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.
- Hannah Minton, age 10 - 'This book was fantastic. I couldn't read it quick enough.'
- Noah Scott-Sentence, age 9 - 'I enjoyed the book and thought it was clever and full of imagination.'
- Emily Lonsdale, age 11 - 'Very funny, adventurous and full of twists and turns but I think it needs a warning for sensitive children that the ending is very sad.'
- Alice East, age 12 - 'There May Be a Castle is another great book written by Piers Torday. This book is about the adventure and the journey Mouse goes on in a strange land.'
- Oscar Smith, age 9 - 'A must have for all people looking for a good read!As two stories slowly weave into one it all leads up to a stunning conclusion.'
- Alec del Pino, age 9 - 'A wonderfully strange book where it makes the reader turn the pages effortlessly. It is full of laughs, tears and cliffhangers...truly marvellous.'
- Suhaiba Khan, age 8 - 'This is a book that made me imagine I was in a magical land and that I myself was on a quest to get to the castle with Mouse with lots of twist and turns. Once I started reading it I couldn’t stop.'
- Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'This book is about a boy called Mouse, his toy horse, his sisters and his mum...I give it 5*. I really liked the way that each chapter switched from Mouse to his family.'
- Noah Hall, age 10 - 'I love this book as it really hooks you, is interesting and fun. It is a brilliant mix of humour, adventure and sorrow. I love the contrasting emotions it gives to the reader.'
- Lauren Carver, age 10 - 'This is a hilarious book, my favourite character is Nonky, probably the best book I have ever read. Piers should do a lot more books like it, he is my new favourite author. '
- Gonzalo Isidro, age 8 - 'I loved this book and just wanted to keep turning the pages. I think a lot of my class would like this book too. If you like magic you won't be disappointed.'
Win tickets to Chiddingstone Castle Lit Fest
We have four pairs of tickets to give away to hear Piers Torday at the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival Monday 1 May 12.15 - 1.15pm.
Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once and the prize cannot be exchanged for cash and does not include transport or accommodation. Draw closes on Friday 17 April. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants and will be notified by 20 April 2016.
Find out more about the Chiddingstone Literary Festival www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival/
There May be a Castle by Piers Torday
Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it's snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes. Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he's not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister. So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder - a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.
But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he's left behind; and that Mouse's quest is more important than ever. This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world.
Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
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Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth The Guardian
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster New York Post
Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices Publishers Weekly
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