To ask other readers questions about The Castle in the Mist , please sign up. Will there be a sequel? The continuing adventures of Tess and Max and Aunt Evie!! This time in …more Yep. This time in Devon by the Sea Uh oh wonder how much trouble they got into this time!! Book 3 The Other Side of the Wall will be published in the fall of in which Tess and Max, a little older even now, go to London to meet their Aunt Evie, and their mom and dad whose plane is somewhat delayed , at a boutique hotel in London and Tess sees a little boy in the dining room having tea alone except it seems like no one else can see him Tess caught some lyric about 'Sailing away on a cloud in the dark of night She had expected oom pah pah oom pah pah or something that one would hear at a normal carnival, and instead it was British hard rock and completely surprising.
I made it up. I've secretly always wanted to be a songwriter. Actually I have written a couple of songs. See all 4 questions about The Castle in the Mist…. Lists with This Book. Mar 21, Ahmed Ejaz rated it liked it Shelves: The Castle in the Mist was a delightful read. Well, I must admit that I wasn't expecting this book to be that childish.
Regardless, it was enjoyable. Tess, William and Max. Tess and Max are sister and brother. They find a castle in the mist. William is the owner of the castle.
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They are of same age. Three of them enjoy together and have little adventures. I don't have a problem with it. But if this book could make a balance in description, then that would be a lot good. Well, this was the thing which made me to deduct one star. Because don't know why if it's just me, I found that some elements in the history told in the ending were inappropriate.
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When the soldier had died, his wife came to his father with her child and gave him a letter in which his son told him a lie that this girl was the care taker of his child and demanded that this girl, so-called care taker, should be allowed to live in this castle. Now what this book is trying to show? Giving tips to children about how to run away with your lover and when you will have died then how to make a lie for your father to accept your wife? They were excellently written in a very natural way.
I liked both of them.
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Of course, the character of William. He was also great. They keep worrying about him. I liked this fact. I also understand this how one feels when his parents are not near him. That's why I liked this fact. I also liked that Tess kept remembering her father's sayings in the hour of need. Overall, it was good. View all 6 comments. I think a lot of middle grade stories that turn into a super imaginative adventure with cute characters are still fun for older audiences to read.
This one was a little on the slower side and there wasn't much story there in the end Tess and her brother go to stay with their Aunt Evie in a small English village I was way more into this part of the story and kind of wanted the plot to go with the aunt to check out the local pub.
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Tess finds a I think a lot of middle grade stories that turn into a super imaginative adventure with cute characters are still fun for older audiences to read. Tess finds a giant key that reminded me of The Secret Garden and then finds a castle hidden in the mist behind the gate that the key unlocks.
Her aunt tells her nobody's lived in that abandoned castle for years, but when Tess and her brother visit it looks lived in. They meet a boy named William and Tess has a crush on him. A bunch of random adventure follow like falling through Hawthorn trees and riding horses off of carousels Basically it's a simple middle grade book and definitely one for the younger crowd. I'm not sure too many adults would be entertained by this, but it's a solid story for its target audience! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
Feb 28, Taylor Knight rated it liked it. I really liked the writing in this book, the characters, and the plot but I do wish it was longer. I thought the writing was really nice even though it did seem to get over descriptive in places and sometimes it wouldn't give enough description. But other than that, I thought the writing was pretty good. I liked the plot a lot. It was fun and the characters were fun as well. This isn't the best Middle Grade book I've read and I do think it would be better suited for the targeted age group than m I really liked the writing in this book, the characters, and the plot but I do wish it was longer.
This isn't the best Middle Grade book I've read and I do think it would be better suited for the targeted age group than more experienced, critical readers. I definitely think this would be a great book for younger readers though. Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! I was super excited to read this book, because I absolutely love the whole idea of a castle and huge fantasy area that appears out of nowhere and is absolutely amazing.
Don't get me wrong, it was definitely an interesting book, and it did have the awesome fantasy that I was looking for, of course, but it just had the potential to be so much more than it was. I'm going to try and keep my review short and simple, Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! I'm going to try and keep my review short and simple, because the book itself is short and I don't want to give away any spoilers. Tess and her brother Max have been sent to live with their aunt in the country while their parents finish up various other things they have to do.
Even though they're missing home, they have no idea what their summer is going to entail - not just boring old board games and dinner at the pub on weekends, either. One day, Tess discovers a big gate with a strange, invisible fence blocking her path. Upon finding a key, she opens the gate and steps inside, and is met with a huge castle and grounds - complete with swans, a pond, a maze - she is completely enthralled with the place.
Later, when she takes Max with her to meet William, the little boy she was talking to earlier, they get a better tour of the grounds, and even meet the groundskeeper, Barnaby. A few days later when they return for dinner, it gets even better - there's a carousel, and all kinds of interesting things that they're absolutely in awe about. But each time they are there, the little boy gives them a creepy warning - a warning about staying away from the hawthorn trees.
While he never tells them why, he keeps saying it, over and over again. When a fun filled evening goes awry, Tess and Max find out what's beyond the hawthorn trees that is so awful - and what's really happening with the castle. Honestly, this book was enjoyable for the most part, and I read it in a single sitting. The writing was good, and it really drew me into the story. The first problem I had with this book was how short it was. It isn't even pages, which made it hard for it to go into a lot of detail or really have much of an adventure. I am taking into consideration that this is a middle grade novel, and I'm an adult, but to be honest, even when I was that age, I would have been mildly disappointed by how short and quick this book was.
The second thing I found a bit bothersome actually was the details in the book. It seemed like some parts of the book were described in great depth, while others were just glossed over quickly. For example, almost an entire page was taken up with the description of the gate that Tess had found, but later, but later on, toward the end of the book, is a scene that should have lasted at least two chapters, but was over in about two pages I'm not spoiling this, so I won't talk about what happened, but you get the idea.
It felt rushed, especially toward the end - honestly, I think this book could have used another pages to create an even more enchanting story. I wish there would have been more emphasis on the castle The story behind the castle at the end is interesting and a little bit eerie , and it does do well to explain everything that happens in the book, which was great. Tex and Max's characters were solid characters, and the close relationship that the two of them had was nice.
It's always nice to see strong family ties in books, so this was definitely a plus. While their parents weren't in the majority of the book, their aunt was, so that was a bonus, too. This was definitely an entertaining read, and I would recommend this to fans of middle grade fantasy, but just keep in mind that you won't get a highly detailed adventure, as it is rather short and seems to lack important details that might make the story more engaging.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No question about it. It draws a lot of classic children's literature tropes but somehow managed to create an entirely different narrative about families and the magic of nature. Do not white children not deserve to be featured in gothic-y stories that are magical, mystical and all around fabulous?
Are only the stories that feature not-white children destined to become classics totally using my own words against myself but I am a contradictory person. I generally have a lot of feels about diversity and books and while there are so many wonderful middle grade novels that are already out and are coming out that are ownvoices, I also just want to see more widespread diversity in middle grade books. I love the gothicy-ness and the ways in which it plays with time. It is a book well-worth reading but I wish that it was more inclusive. Note that I received an advanced copy of this book for review.
Aug 15, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Another in my series of catching up on middle grade literature as I prepare to write my own. Some clunky pacing at times but when the magic was on, it was really quite beautiful! Lots of family dramas, especially involving missing, ill or absent parents, as well. But this is one of the best books I've read that blends the two into a story that is both magical in the old-fashioned "wonder" sense and yet topical as well.
On the magic side, we aren't talking wands or spells or anything involving a "magic system". We are talking about wonder, and dreamy boundaries that divide the real from the imagined, and wishes, and mists that obscure and illuminate. We're talking about did-that-happen? Gates and walls and hedges and rabbit holes and magical carousels all play a part. Mary Poppins, in the books, is a powerful and unpredictable elemental earth force, not a sweet nanny. This is classic stuff, handled beautifully. Rather than belabor her points, Ms. Ephron uses suggestion and brief bits of dialogue, and passing observations to just sketch in what's happening.
We switch from mundane scenes, breakfast, driving to town, gardening , to scenes of great imaginative power, finding the gate, escaping the carousel, playing magical miniature golf in the mist. Characters are always reading into what's in other characters' eyes, and half of the action is suggested rather than described. Sprinkled among these rather pastoral bits of wonder, though, are action scenes, flight, escape, imprisonment , of great suspense and energy.
Again, very hard to pull off, but I encountered no bumps or out of tune scenes. On the realism side, our two heroes worry about and are separated from their parents. Adults are kind and supportive, but there is an undercurrent of real helplessness and isolation. Our heroes are siblings, and their small conflicts and grand loyalties are on full display.
I've rarely seen, or believed, expressions of affection and love among siblings in middle grade books, but this tale manages the difficult and old-fashioned task of showing the family ties that bind with great aplomb. And the small and large acts of heroism that each child displays feel authentic. As a bonus, there are some very funny scenes and some truly witty dialogue. So, this is a book with a fine story, a marvelous feel as a written work, and a fast pace that never drags out a point or overworks a scene.
Both dreamy and sharp, it is a warm, magical and realistic find worth considering. Please note that I found this book while browsing in our local library. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book. Apr 16, Brandy Painter rated it it was ok Shelves: They meet a young boy in a mysterious castle on the top of the hill. It is all very typical, which isn't always bad as there are always new kids who need to discover books. The problem here is it's not new and it's not executed very well. There is almost no character development and there are a lot 2.
There is almost no character development and there are a lot of holes in both the plot and the world building. I feel like Ephron got it into her head that writing a children's book would be easy and then didn't bother to read any of the genre to help her know what she was about. Jan 30, Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it. There, of course, Tess wanders off and meets William after finding a key to mysterious garden. She visits again with Max and meets all of the delightful characters who take care of William-- the slightly French Marie who is either a nanny or governess, the cook, and Barnaby the gardener.
There are all manner of wonderful things, like a carousel and a hedge maze, but also very scary hawthorne trees through which Max disappears and must be found by a frantic Tess. Eventually, the children have to return suddenly to the US with their father, and when they pay a visit to the castle, they find that things are quite different from what they have experienced. This is a wonderful, classic feeling, summer-in-the-British-countryside book. I haven't read any of Ephron's adult novels, but this was a very beautiful love note to classic British tales.
The end papers are very nostalgic. I don't have as many readers for this as I would like to have. What I really think: I'll have to buy a copy of this. Mar 09, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Very short fantasy that is reminiscent of the Secret Garden. Good recommendation for middle grade readers that are looking for a short fantasy. Focus on alternate reality and ghost like story was very unique. My only wish was that is was a little longer.
You are thrown right in the story within the first two pages which is great for those reluctant readers. Apr 22, Christine Ditzel rated it really liked it. The end came quickly and there were questions left unanswered, but it was a very enjoyable and immersing read. This review was originally posted on Lazy Day Literature Tess and Max are spending the summer in the English countryside with their Aunt Evie while their father is away in Afghanistan.
While exploring, Tess comes across an old rusted gate and finds a key in the dirt that fits it perfectly. Inside, she finds the perfectly manicured gardens of a grand castle and a boy her age that invites her in to play. But he has a warning; beware the hawt 3. Is it the case that If you don't mind, it doesn't matter? Do we put too much reliance on science and is our conviction a restriction? Read on and be transformed to another world, the world of: Well, yes you can You can raise your perception horizons without becoming a nuclear physicist, philosopher or priest. Can we trust our senses or is perception deception?
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