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Torday, Piers: There May Be a Castle

Magazine article School Librarian

Torday, Piers: There May Be a Castle

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Torday, Piers

There May Be a Castle

Quercus, 2016, pp320, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 8486 6862 1

Mouse is a small shy eleven year old boy, who day dreams a lot. On Christmas Eve Mouse is travelling to his grandparents' house with his mum, older sister Violet and toddler Esme when a blizzard hits and the car crashes down into the valley far from anywhere. Mouse wakes to find himself in a snowy landscape alone except for a friendly sheep; they are soon joined by a talking horse who bears a striking resemblance to Mouse's beloved toy Nonky and who warns Mouse not to look back. Pursued by the sinister Pink Knight and accompanied by Trex, Mouse's robot dinosaur comes to life, and Sir Dragnet Derek, Professional Minstrel, Jester and General Tomfooler, Mouse must find the castle before the Pink Knight.

As the story progresses, chapters from the point of view of Violet, and later from Mouse's grandparents, show us what is happening in the world Mouse has left behind, giving a sense of danger and an unexpected depth to the book. …

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