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Children’s Book Committee – August Pick

August 4, 2014

castle-behind-thorns

The Castle Behind Thorns
by Merrie Haskell
Katherine Tegen/ HarperCollins
2014

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

See our past monthly picks.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 6, 2014 8:01 pm

    This cover alone is SO compelling (yes, I’m totally a “cover” gal), I can’t wait to see it on the bookstore shelf! 🙂

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