The kids and I just read a book from Shiloh Run Press, a division of Barbour Publishing, called The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins (Coauthors of the Left Behind series).
The book is written with the middle school aged child in mind. So, if your child is anywhere age 10ish to 14, they could enjoy this book.
My kids are ages 8, 12, and 14. Due to the nature of the book (which I will explain), I decided not to let my 8 year old listen in on the story. I read this story aloud to my 12 and 14 year old. They definitely could have read it on their own, but I used it as some nice bonding time with the three of us.
The Glass Castle
Upon reading the book, you learn pretty quickly where it got it’s name. The castle is introduced in the second chapter.
The book starts with Avery and Henry, brother and sister, in the woods. Avery senses someone is following them and is getting worried. By the end of the short chapter, her world goes dark and she doesn’t know why, nor do we, the readers, which just makes us want to continue reading on to the next chapter!
That kind of suspense continues throughout the whole book.
Avery is taken to the Glass Castle, along with a bunch of other kids, and she doesn’t know why. Some kids in the castle know things. The adults definitely have information. The book takes you through Avery’s journey to find out the castle’s secrets so that she can eventually get out of the castle and go home… Not to mention, find her brother Henry!
I don’t want to tell you much more than that about the storyline, because I don’t want to give it away.
Our Thoughts on The Glass Castle
What I will tell you is that my kids looked forward to reading time each day while we were reading this book.
We frequently read a book aloud together, but the kids aren’t always excited about it. With The Glass Castle, the kids were ready and willing for reading time each day.
I asked my kids to write down a few thoughts about the book for me so I could share it with you all.
My 14 year old daughter said she liked the beginning of the book more than the rest. When I inquired as to why, she said she frequently is like that during a book. At the beginning of the book, you finding out things about the story. Once things had been revealed, she was less intrigued. She definitely still like it, though.
She also said she likes Avery and Tuck’s relationship and that there are cliff hangers at the end of each chapter.
My 12 year old son said he also likes it. He said he likes that Avery is being risky. And that she is always trying to figure things out and thinking.
He also said he wants them to make it into a movie!
I have enjoyed reading this book too. Just like the kids, I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen with each chapter and what Avery would discover next.
It is a mystery/suspense type book, yet it has a bit of romance too. I wouldn’t normally look for romance in a book for my teens, but this romance is innocent and sweet. Even I’m rooting for the kids!
The book doesn’t say what year it is (that I remember), but based on the type of “romance” in the book, I would say it is not present day. The kids are 13, yet they are talking of marriage and being “betrothed”.
The kids also go to chapel and turn to God when they are worried. Sometimes in Christian shows or books, this is done in a cheesy way, but that’s not the case with The Glass Castle. It’s done in such a natural way and just seems to make sense. I love that.
We have loved this book so much, it’s almost sad that the story is over. BUT, the authors are working on a sequel to be released in October 2016, called Ruby Moon.
The kids and I will definitely be getting it so we can continue the story!!
I highly recommend this book!
Information at a glance:
What is it? A book called The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins
For whom? Middle school aged kids
How much is it? $14.99