There May be a Castle

Written by Piers Torday

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LoveReading View on There May be a Castle

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

There May be a Castle Synopsis

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.

There May be a Castle Reader Reviews

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.'
     

There May be a Castle Press Reviews

Praise for The Last Wild trilogy

Gripping, original and memorable Francesca Simon

Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter The Times

A must-read: brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl New York Post

An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message Financial Times

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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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784292744
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781848668621
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848668621
Publication date: 6th October 2016
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Piers Torday

Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The third book in the trilogy, The Wild Beyond, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His next book for children, There May Be a Castle, was published in October 2016. In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a ...

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