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Book Club Kits: Tuesdays at the Castle

Alamance County Public Libraries offer Book Club Kits for check out to area book clubs. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and a reading guide.

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Book Summary

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Discussion Questions

1.       Castle Glower is an amazing castle that creates rooms and moves stairways.  What kind of room would you want it to create for you?

2.       Who was your favorite character?  Why?  Who didn't you like?

3.       After her parents disappear, Princess Celie refuses to believe they're dead.  What makes her think they're still alive?

4.       Have you ever believed something that everyone else thought was wrong?  If so, what did you do?

5.       How does Princess Celie interact with her family?  Is it good or bad?  How does is compare with the way you see families interact in TV shows and other books?

6.       Visitors from two of the neighboring kingdoms come for the funeral, but don't seem to want to leave.  Why?

7.       Why doesn't Prince Rolf want to be crowned king?

8.       When the royal family discovers the plot against Prince Rolf how do they fight back?  How does Castle Glower help?  What would you have done?

9.       Did the book end the way you expected?  Is it how you wanted it to end?

About the Author

Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she had a Maltese named Pippin, and grew up with a poodle mix and a Brittany Spaniel). You could talk about Norway, and how it's the Greatest Place On Earth, and Germany, The Second Greatest Place On Earth. You could ask her about yarn, and indicate a willingness to learn to knit your own socks, if you can't already do so.

And, well, you could talk about books. Jessica's books, other people's books. It's really all about the books. To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld: Friends, family, school, they were just obstacles in the way of getting more books.

She would like it if books came with chocolate to eat while reading them.