I am not sure how I ended up reading Megan Frazer Blakemore’s books. I believe I saw a review or comment about The Friendship Riddle which as released this past May. It is my current read. So no comments about that yet.
I decided to step back and look at what she has already written and walked into the world of Ephraim, Price and Brynn. This family is dealing with the loss of their father – at least the way they have always known him. He has suffered a serve stroke and is unable to speak and communicate with his family. This leads them to moving to the Water Castle, an old family home in Crystal Spring Maine with the hope that this might heal him. This family home was know for its magic healing powers – the fountain of youth right there in the woods of Maine.
The Water Castle is a great middle grade read. There is a mystery to solve, a bit of bullying, a bit of science, the new kid in school issues, family feuds that date way back in history and students who learn how to support each other both at school and through family struggles. The Water Castle also deals lightly with racial issues in a small town.
This would be a wonderful book to read along side Tuck Everlasting. Is there a fountain of youth? Does it make you young for ever or just give you extra healing powers? Blakemore stays just outside the lines of magic until the very end. She leaves us with more questions to ponder.
This is a great book to begin a fiction writing project for 5th and 6th graders. There are so many questions to wonder about and write about. It would make a great all glass read.
- The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
- The Friendship Riddle