The Glass Castle
Travel back in time as siblings, Avery and Henry find themselves running for their lives. As Avery celebrates her 13th birthday, she is captured and separated from her younger brother, Henry. Upon being brought into a holding area, Avery discovers she is not alone. For some mysterious reason, all 13 year olds have been rounded up in the kingdom and brought to the castle. Shortly afterwards, Avery notices that this is no ordinary place. Everyone is well fed and clothed with many of the children happy to be there. Eventhough she is told not to leave the grounds in order to keep her brother safe, Avery begins digging into why she and the other children are being held captive.
Through building relationships with the other captive children, Avery is stretched and grows both in wisdom and in boldness. Eventually she ventures past the castle walls back to her parent's home. Only now she discovers that her Father is no where to be found and life as she has known it is over. Amazingly, she goes back to the castle to help her friends and find the rest of her family.
But what secrets are the King and his future Queen hiding? What do they have to with the kidnapped 13 year olds from the kingdom and more specifically with Avery?
Final thoughts about The Glass Castle
My children and I used this book as a read aloud during family time. This 251 paged, hardback book is broken down into 41 chapters. This makes it easy to read not only because of the short chapters, but, for the well paced, action packed story. Though this book is geared towards middle school students, there were some parts that I personally felt were a bit too intense such as when the King's Cupbearer dies with "blood coming from his nose and ears".
You may remember Jerry B. Jenkins as the author of the Left Behind series. There are elements of Christianity in this story toward the later half. This adds to the suspense as Avery becomes more aware of God in her life and begins to follow after Him.
The next book in this series, The Ruby Moon, will be available in the fall of 2016.
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Check out what other crew members had to say about The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press.