Shiloh Run Press is a division of Barbour Publishing. Barbour Publishing is a Christian based publisher that releases more than 150 titles each year and has one thousand stock titles as well including juvenile fiction titles. These books are affordable and accessible. They share the message of Christ.
The Glass Castle is a very nice hardback book by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins (author of the Left Behind series). It has a little over 250 pages and 41 fairly short chapters. This book is fantasy, Christian fiction for kids and has a lot of action, adventure, mystery, and intrigue. The feel is a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia with a plot that is new and different. It is a great book that is recommended for ages 10 to 14. This is the first book in a series of Christian books for kids called Thirteen. The next book in the series is called The Ruby Moon and it will be coming in the fall of 2016.
|Teela reading The Glass Castle.|
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter, Teela, who is 8 is an advanced reader. She loves reading and devours books. Her favorites are chapter books that have some substance to them. Most of these that she picks out are from a series. I told her about The Glass Castle and she was excited to start reading. She loved this book and read it quickly all in about a week.
Here is what she said about the book when I asked her about it (these are her words, but paraphrased a bit):
Avery is the main character in the book. She was kidnapped with her little brother on her thirteenth birthday by a old woman who took her to a large castle where she can't talk to adults, go outside or look outside. She was there with other thirteen year old kids who were also kidnapped. They were all captured because 13 years ago the king's first wife had a boy, but soon after, the king was told the baby and his wife had died. The king that lives in the castle gets a new wife that promises a new baby boy for the king. This lady is not very nice and creates a way that all thirteen year old kids will be taken, just in case the prince is still out there. While Avery is trapped at the castle, she makes friends with some of the kids and they form a team to help them get back to their families. This complicates the new queen's plan. There are lots of twist and turns and unexpected outcomes. There are lots of secrets that are also found out and a bit of romance. The end leaves you wanting more. I loved how the female character, Avery, is headstrong and a good leader, but still is not perfect. My favorite part of the book was when Avery was made Queen of the thirteen year old kids. I can not wait to read the next book in the series!
I can tell Teela loved this book. It is wonderful to find good clean fiction for kids to read these days. I would highly recommend The Glass Castle to anyone that reads middle grade fiction.
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