Children’s Book Committee – August Pick
The Castle Behind Thorns
by Merrie Haskell
Katherine Tegen/ HarperCollins
Sand and Perrotte, both fourteen-year-olds, can mend the Sundered Castle, but can Perrotte forgive those who imprisoned them there? (11-14)
Our Young Reviewer says:
Not only did the story have an intriguing plot, but everything mentioned in the story had a reason to be there… The author not only created an intricate history behind the people and the place they lived, but she combined the past and the present in a way that both worlds collide. The history of Perrotte’s family line is explained, as well as the reason why the castle was abandoned. I think that the author almost went out of her way to create a completely believable history for this book.
My favorite aspect of the book was the sometimes-sudden plot twists Haskell added to the book. These minor details added depth to the story, making it more than a simple story of friendship and persistence, but a book about forgiveness and acceptance.
Jonah, Bronx, NY, age 12
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