Awards, Reviews and Interviews

CASTLE IN DANGER

AWARDS, REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

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AWARDS

Winner, 2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award – Children’s Juvenile Fiction

Royal Dragonfly Awards 2015 – 1st place Award Winner Castle in Danger  – www.FiveStarPublications.com

REVIEWS

Written especially for young adult readers ages eight and up, Castle in Danger is a historical novel set in the early 14th century. The adventure follows Emma, a pretty and compassionate girl, who lives with her wealthy father Baron Geoffrey in a gigantic castle. She befriends a handsome young peasant, Thomas, after he rescues her from an accident. The two of them embark on adventures to find Emma’s cousin Helen (who was taken away as a small child); contest thieves who try to plunder the castle’s silver, gold, and jewels; defy the greedy ambitions of evil Lord Utredus, who wants to seize the castle by force; and more. Can Thomas ever realize his dream of becoming a knight? An extraordinary glimpse into the daily life, hardships, and challenges of the Middle Ages, Castle in Danger is highly recommended.

Children’s Bookwatch, The Fiction Shelf: September 2015
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief; Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review


Castle in Danger takes place in the Middle Ages and tells of beautiful, kind Emma, who lives with her rich father in a huge castle and who becomes friends with a brave peasant when he saves her life. Readers ages nine to twelve will receive a number of stories of Emma’s adventures as she faces thieves, mystery, battles, a journey through a forest, and more.

Woven into its plot are all the trappings of the Middle Ages, from jousts and fairs to holidays – and Karen Rautenberg’s attention to rich historical details is what sets her story apart from others: that and the inclusion of political struggles and dreams. From trappings of the supernatural that permeate peoples’ lives and help them make sense of their world (“Look, someone threw squashes, turnips, onions and cabbages all over that cottage,” said Nicholas. “It’s the witches. I heard that witches fly on their brooms with their cats. They play tricks and scare us on this night,” Emma exclaimed while they were jumping on their horses.”) to the sights, smells and sounds of the times (“That night, visiting nuns, monks and friars, wearing long woolen tunics, sat at the wood burning hearth in the great hall. They were going on a journey to a holy cathedral the next day. Emma joined many other guests who were roasting apples and chestnuts in the fire.”), Castle in Danger is replete with scenes key to understanding the Middle Ages, and will delight middle school readers looking for a lively rendition of the period, packaged in the guise of an adventure and mystery.

Diane Donovan, Editor
California Bookwatch
Donovan’s Literary Services


Andrea Yanke
Editor, glimpse
www.glimpsereviews.com
Saskatchewan, Canada
Canada

Does your child like to read? Sometimes it can be hard to find material that’s interesting at an appropriate age level. Our oldest son is an avid reader. He’s 9 years old, reading above his reading level, but as far as social and emotional maturity goes, is definitely a 9 year old. So it’s hard to find something challenging for him to read that deals with appropriate themes.

Castle in Danger is a historical fiction novel set in the 14th century. The main character is
Emma, the daughter of a baron. Medieval themes such as jousting, fairs, feasts and holidays such as Christmas and All Hallow’s Eve all appear in the novel. The story is intended for children ages nine to twelve, and was an easy read for our son. Castle in Danger has learning value and is entertaining to read. I was glad to introduce our son to the genre of historical fiction, as it’s one I really enjoy.

Mr. J’s take:

Mr. J has enjoyed the story. It’s a really great book. It’s about a girl named Emma, her maid and their adventures. I really recommend this book to people who like exciting stories and who are interested in the Medieval times. One of my favourite parts was when Emma got carried away by the stream and a peasant, Thomas, saved her.

Andrea’s take on the book:

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre’s to give to our 9 year son to read. I love
the there is adventure and a story line, as well as facts from history that are true. The
best part is that our son loves this genre of book as well…he will sit and read a book of
this genre easily in one sitting. Yes, that means he is oftentimes sitting and reading for an
hour or more at a time. The love of reading is something he has developed over the past year or two, and Castle in Danger is a book that will be well loved in our home.

Castles….Danger….history…it’s boils down to make a great book for young children to read!


Ms. Denise Anderson Bloomfield Blogger
SoCal City Kids
www.socalcitykids.com
San Pedro California

I received a copy of this book and think that children ages 9-12 will enjoy the story especially the characters. My son enjoyed learning about the different ways that holidays were celebrated. It’s a fun adventure story that both boys and girls will enjoy reading.


What People Are Saying

“Castle in Danger is so important for youth ages 8-12 because it’s an adventure story with a setting in the Middle Ages. Children will enjoy the beautiful story, love the characters, and identify with the Heroine Emma. They will love riding horses, and learn what it is like to live like nobility in a castle, experience the life of a farmer in the villages, and learn all about sieges. It is very good for children in the 4th through the 8th grade.”
~ Lynn Breitstein, Former Guidance Counselor for Public Schools


“Children will love Castle in Danger because it’s so exciting. The siege is very important because it shows how one greedy lord could just take over someone’s castle during the Middle Ages. It also describes the way that they celebrated Halloween and other holidays, and how the peasants and nobility lived. It’s also fascinating to go back to a time where there was no electricity and just candles. The book is excellent for children and pre-teens.”
~ Lucille – Mother


“Castle in Danger is a book well written with realistic characters, descriptions of clothing, décor, food, and habits of the time, with interesting period detail. This makes it easy to picture the scenes and imagine yourself in them. Children will really enjoy reading this book, which has a nice blend of joyful occasions, peril, drama and humor. It has exciting scenes with horseback riding, jousting matches, town fairs, and battles.”
~ Moera Shapiro, Transcriber, Artist and Avid Reader


“Castle in Danger is a voyage into the majestic, mystical world of the Middle Ages. Reading this book, I could deeply relate to the protagonist, Emma, a sweet, young girl of nobility, who meets a handsome humble young peasant, Thomas, when he saves her from an accident. Emma’s sense of fairness, justice and courage in the face of adversity making me root for her, while I’m at the edge of my seating reading the castle seizure and other intrigue that fills the pages. I can nearly taste the foods described vividly during the Christmas festival. Castle in Danger is a moving, intense novel that can serve as fascinating, motivating reading for children and pre-teens ages 9 to 13. As an educator in the New York City School system, I would highly recommend it.”
~ Kevin Degidon


“Once again Karen Rautenberg in Castle in Danger, with her attention to detail, has opened up the Middle Ages. This romp takes children and middle graders through castles, forests and villages of King Arthur’s time. It’s an exciting story of adventure, mystery and friendship, with intriguing characters with which young readers can identify.”
~ Trish Marx, author of Everglades Forever, Steel Drumming at the Apollo, Old Glory and many other children’s books


A Wonderful Book for Pre-Teens
“This story is about a pretty young girl named Emma. She lives in a castle with her rich father, Baron Geoffrey. One day she is saved by a handsome, young peasant, named Thomas from a terrifying accident. She is most thankful for his intervention which nearly caused her her life. They become fast friends and together they experience the dangers of the times: thievery, kidnappings, and treachery. Emma always reaches out to others with her kind heart and tries to shelter them and include them in her lifestyle.

This book gives you great insight into the happenings of that time period. You learn of epic jousting tournaments, the popular town fairs where people gathered to sell their wares and have some merriment, the feasts that accompanied their celebratory holidays such as Christmas and many other Medieval traditions that were common for that time.

The story includes mystery, suspense and a romantic element that I am sure will be pleasing to that age group. I found the book to be well-written, age appropriate and educational.

This story is about a pretty young girl named Emma. She lives in a castle with her rich father, Baron Geoffrey. One day she is saved by a handsome, young peasant, named Thomas from a terrifying accident. She is most thankful for his intervention which nearly caused her her life. They become fast friends and together they experience the dangers of the times: thievery, kidnappings, and treachery. Emma always reaches out to others with her kind heart and tries to shelter them and include them in her lifestyle.

This book gives you great insight into the happenings of that time period. You learn of epic jousting tournaments, the popular town fairs where people gathered to sell their wares and have some merriment, the feasts that accompanied their celebratory holidays such as Christmas and many other Medieval traditions that were common for that time.

The story includes mystery, suspense and a romantic element that I am sure will be pleasing to that age group. I found the book to be well-written, age appropriate and educational.”
~ By 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.

Personally I thought it ended rather abruptly and i think the author should continue the story of this boy and girl who were never meant to even know each other-much less become friends. Gentry and peasants did not coexist back then! But extenuating circumstances made it feasible.

I believe your pre-teen and young teens will really enjoy this story!”
~Michele Bodenheimer, Miki’s Hope Blog

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