The Matchstick Castle

The Matchstick Castle

eBook - 2017
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A wild and whimsical adventure story, perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Brian can think of a few places he'd rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole. Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it's not just a home?it's a castle. Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball. This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who's ever wished a little adventure would find them.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2017.
ISBN: 9781101996249
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 13, 2017

I recommend this book for kids in 2nd through 5th or 6th. There is something at once charming and amusing about the main character Brian--the way he looks at the world and in his interaction with the adults and children in his life.. He is refreshingly unlike the boys in most contemporary children's books. The family that lives in Matchstick Castle is funny and weird and attractive. the author manages to throw in information about exotic places that the readers might find intriguing. I found myself chuckling during the the scenes in "City Hall", when it turns out the children, of course, know more about computers than the adults.

storytimekelly Feb 16, 2017

This is a silly tale of boy vs. boring summer. Any kid who has ever dreamed he would discover an exciting adventure just beyond the edge of his backyard will relate to it. Eleven-year-old Brian is doomed to a summer spent doing extra schoolwork under his uncle’s watchful tutelage, but when he stumbles upon a haphazardly built home in the woods beyond the backyard, he is drawn into the world of the eccentric Van Dash family. With them he will face adventure, danger, and have to decide when it is okay to disobey authority. It’s a gentle, funny story with just a dash of childhood rebellion.

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OPL_KrisC Apr 13, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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