Awards and Reviews

Awards for Castle in Danger

Book Excellence Award Winner for Children’s Fiction 2017
Royal Dragonfly Book Awards – 1st Place Children’s Book Award
Foreword INDIEFAB Children’s Book Awards – Finalist
National Indie Excellence Awards – Winner Children’s Fiction Book Award
International Book Awards – Award–Winning Finalist Children’s Fiction Book Award
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Honorary Mention Children’s Book Award, Historical Fiction

Reviews for Castle in Danger

This time the story sparked her interest and she continued to read. She liked the character Emma and was excited to continue reading to see what would happen next.

She enjoyed the adventures that were taken in the book. She said it was exciting at times with mystery and surprises.

This book is written for the age group of 8-13 years old. She enjoyed the book and would recommend it to other kids her age.”

Brenda Anderson, Brenda’s Kids Books

“Written especially for young adult readers eight and up… An extraordinary glimpse into the daily life, hardships, and challenges of the Middle Ages, Castle in Danger is highly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch, The Fiction Shelf

“Readers ages nine to twelve … will receive stories of Emma’s adventures… attention to rich historical details is what sets her story apart from others… Castle in Danger is … key to understanding the Middle Ages, and will delight middle school

readers looking for a lively rendition of the period, packaged …of an adventure and mystery.”

Donovan’s Literary Services, California Bookwatch

“… for children ages nine to twelve… has learning value and is entertaining to read. A great book for young children to read!”

Andrea Yanke, Editor, Glimpse Reviews, Saskatchewan, Canada

“…it’s a really great book… I really recommend this book to people who like exciting stories and who are interested in the Medieval times.”

Mr. J., Glimpse Review, Saskatchewan, Canada

“I received a copy of this book …children ages 9-12 will enjoy the story especially the characters. It’s a fun adventure story that both boys and girls will enjoy reading.”

Ms. Denise Anderson, SoCal City Kids

“The story includes mystery, suspense… that I am sure will be pleasing to that age group. I found the book to be well written, age appropriate and educational.”

Story Wraps

“Not only will this keep your 8 – 13 reading to the very end they will also be learning what is was like to live in the Middle Ages! I could actually see this being used by home schooling Mom’s as an educational tool as there is a glossary at the end which gives the present day definition to the terms used in the book for those words back then.”

Michele Bodenheimer, Miki’s Hope Blog

My daughters love to read. The older one likes fantasy books and the younger likes books about ninjas and warriors. Both found something to enjoy in a book I recently got to review, Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg.

This historical fiction novel is set during the Middle Ages in the 14th Century. Designed for children eight to twelve, it follows the story of Emma, who is sweet and pretty and lives in a castle with Baron Geoffrey. When this rich young girl is saved from an accident by a handsome young peasant, they have adventures along the way. The friendship develops as they try to keep the family jewels safe from thieves, search for a missing cousin, and witness battles and a siege at her uncle’s castle.

As children read the novel, they’ll be exposed to a variety of Medieval traditions, including jousting tournaments, town fairs, and holidays like Christmas and All Hallow’s Eve. It was a well-written book – both of my children loved reading it, and I enjoyed it too!

Bekah, Blogger, Motherhood Moment

I gave this book to my granddaughter to read. She is 9 years old. The first chapter didn’t really get her excited so she put the book down for a few weeks. Her mom got her to start reading it again and then she got into the book. She said they took lots of adventures in the book which made the book exciting to read. (reviewers copy)

Brenda Anderson, (also reviewed on