In this episode of YA Rewind I talk about middle grade fiction and books for young readers including a favorite from when I was a kid: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Then I explore the differences between the rules of magic for kids and the rules of magic for adults, and later I share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.
William has just received the best present of his life. It’s an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a finger high knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his!
William can’t wait to play with the castle – he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time – where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle…
(This is the summary that appears on my copy of the book. It is completely misleading.)
The poorly summarized paranormal teen romance featured in this episode’s Book Jacket Theatre can be found on Amazon: The Emerald Talisman.
If you have stories to share about your own favorite books from young adulthood or future suggestions for Book Jacket Theatre, e-mail YARewindPodcast@meganchristopher.net. Next time I’ll be talking about Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield.