Cloudberry Castle by Janey Louise Jones

Cloudberry Castle

Written by Janey Louise Jones
Part of the Kelpies: Cloudberry Castle Series

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This is an absolutely delightful ballet story about friendship, family and following your dreams that's full of gorgeous girly charm from bestelling author Janey Louise Jones.

There are three books in the series...

Cloudberry Castle

Cloudberry Castle: Ballet School Secrets

Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams

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Cloudberry Castle by Janey Louise Jones

Katie Mackenzie has always dreamed of being a prima ballerina like her mother. When their neighbour Dr Campbell dies, much to their surprise he leaves Cloudberry Castle to the Mackenzie family. Katie is devastated at the loss of her old friend, but soon her plans for transforming the crumbly old castle into the most wonderful ballet school in Scotland flood her mind! But Katie's parents can't afford to run a huge castle, and decide to sell. As Katie struggles to put off potential buyers - with ghosts, squatters and funny smells - her ballet school hopes begin to fade. Will her dream of the Cloudberry School of Dance ever come true?


'This is a story of believing you can do anything you want, not necessarily easily, this isn't a place for dreamers, but with sensible research and planning. It's a hopeful message.'

'... a super adventure story which young girls will love.'

/Feb 2011 'Cloudberry Castle is a delicious chapter book about an irrepressible, spunky heroine named Katie Mackenzie whose family inherits a Scottish castle (Cloudberry) that needs to be saved. Katie, who loves to dance ballet like her mother, dreams of converting Cloudberry into a fabulous ballet school, but she needs some mysterious help from Dr. Campbell, a previous castle owner and author who leaves a manuscript of a potentially big selling Egyptian book for Katie to try to sell to save the castle. There are many setbacks and delays to Katie's ideas about saving Cloudberry Castle by converting it to a ballet school, but young girls ages 8-12 will love following the dreams and schemes of Katie through to their satisfying conclusion. Cloudberry Castle contains just the right mix of hardships with joy, disappointments with developments, and creative vision spiced with fun, talent and artistry. Author Janey Louse Jones has also written the popular and successful Princess Poppy books for young girls.

'Young Katie Mackenzie dreams of becoming a ballerina, just as her mum did. When the family inherits an old castle, Katie dreams of establishing a ballet school. Katies's efforts to make her dream a reality uncover some complex secrets about the inheritance and Cloudberry Castle itself. It's a story to delight girls'. -- The Yellow Brick Road 'Cloudberry Castle is wonderful... In it Katie's family has inherited a castle. There is where Katie hopes to one day build her ballet school. But her folks are considering selling the castle. Katie starts finding out the secrets of the castle and things begin to get a lil mixed up then. But Katie's family, friends and her own goals helps her to unravel the mystery.'

About the Author

Janey Louise Jones

Janey Jones is a full-time writer and mother of three. She was born in Edinburgh but grew up by the seaside just outside the city.
She read English at Edinburgh University specializing in the Victorian novel.
Following this she became a teacher - a career that she absolutely adored - and then, with her husband, set up The Jelly Club, which has become an extremely successful chain of children's activity centres in Scotland.
Her childhood dream of writing about her alter ego, Princess Poppy, was realised through self-publishing in 2005. The hugely popular Princess Poppy series has sold over three million copies to date and has been translated into several languages.

Janey lives by the sea with her sons, husband and Buddy the golden labrador. She loves beaches and shells, fairies, crafts, Victorian novels and cinema trips with her family.

A quick fire quiz with Janey:

Favourite character in your book? Rose – she’s gentle

As an author/illustrator whom would you like to be compared to? As an author, Shirley Hughes or Mairi Hedderwick

Favourite character from a book? Anne of Greengables

Favourite place/setting to read a book? Shaded corner of a scented garden

Favourite colour? pink

Favourite animal? dog

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Publication date

13th September 2010




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