A strange legend attaches to the model castle given to William by his friend Mrs Phillips as her going-away present. William is drawn into the legend when the silver knight who guards the castle somes to life. In an action-filled fantasy quest he has to pit his wits against an evil sorcerer and a fire-breathing dragon to free an other-world ...
A strange legend attaches to the model castle given to William by his friend Mrs Phillips as her going-away present. William is drawn into the legend when the silver knight who guards the castle somes to life. In an action-filled fantasy quest he has to pit his wits against an evil sorcerer and a fire-breathing dragon to free an other-world kingdom from its ancient spell. An enthralling story of magic and adventure which weaves the everyday problems of growing up into the age-old battle beween good and evil.
I originally read the Castle in the Attic as a child and remembered liking it, but I couldn?t remember much about the actual story. So, I reread it the other day and had the pleasure of rediscovering it.
The story centers around a boy named William who receives a very special toy castle, complete with a knight that comes alive! Now, William must enter the world of the knight in order to undo a wrong he committed. But William will have to travel some dangerous paths and outsmart an evil wizard if he wants to get home again and make things right.
The combination of adventure, magic, and the story of an ordinary boy makes this tale appealing to many readers. Children may also be able to relate to William as he deals with his insecurities and finds courage he didn?t know he had. What an all-around wonderful story! I would recommend this book for children in grades 4-6 and especially for those who enjoyed books like the Indian in the Cupboard and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-12-05 A magical replica of a castle transports William to adventures in another land in these companion novels. Ages 8-12. (Dec.)
Publishers Weekly, 1986-11-28 When Mrs. Phillips, who has taken care of William for years, prepares to return to England, she gives the boy a medieval castle with one knight. The knight comes to life, and William is drawn into a battle to release the kingdom from a wizard's spell. PW admired Winthrop's ``absorbing fantasy. Suspense and colorful details, as well as a gentle moral precept, make the story special.'' (8-12)
Publishers Weekly, 1985-11-01 An author admired for realistic novels, Winthrop presents an absorbing fantasy about William Lawrence, 10. When Mrs. Phillips prepares to return to her native England, William grieves. She has taken care of him through the years while his parents have been away at work. Mrs. Phillips's parting gift to the boy is a medieval castle, authentically complete, but with only one small figure, a knight. Picking up the knight, William is thrilled when it comes to life. The knight tells of the times when a wizard had spellbound all the king's subjects and unsurped the throne. But William is more interested in the tiny man's magic amulet and he uses it to shrink Mrs. Phillips, to keep her in the castle. Then his conscience insists that he miniaturize himself and join the two in the fight to undo the wizard and restore the kingdom. Suspense and colorful details, as well as a gentle moral percept, make the story special. (812)
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