A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles

Book - 2011
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Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine weaves a spellbinding tale about a clever heroine, a dragon detective, and a shape-shifting ogre.

Newly arrived in the town of Two Castles, Elodie unexpectedly becomes the assistant to a brilliant dragon named Meenore, and together they solve mysteries. Their most important case concerns the town's shape-shifting ogre, Count Jonty Um: Someone is plotting against him. Elodie must disguise herself to discover the source of the threat amid a cast of characters that includes a greedy king, a giddy princess, and a handsome cat trainer.

Readers who loved Ella Enchanted and Fairest will delight in this tale of a spirited heroine who finds friendship where she least expects it and discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061229657
9780061229664
Branch Call Number: J LEV
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm.

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readingfairy
May 21, 2018

Extremely boring/unintriguing. I'm not even going to finish it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 25, 2018

Gail Carson Levine never fails to craft a beautiful storyline that is both unique, enticing and gives off a magical feel that we crave in fairy tales. The great thing about reading her books is the atmosphere it creates, you literally feel like you are indulging within a story and are a character… perhaps a scribe noting every action of the characters! This is truly a “tale of two castles”, following the story of Elodie, a twelve year old who yearns to study the art of acting but instead becomes an apprentice to a dragon. Follow the lessons she learns as she uncovers the plot that is being unfolded to poison the king of the land. Beautifully written to appeal to the younger audience, this is a high recommendation from me!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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dragongirl454
Apr 28, 2017

it starts out kindof slow,but it is a awsome book.

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FerndaleAdultSRC
Jul 14, 2015

If you like dragons, shape shifting, ogres and white sepulcher, then this book is for you. The brave 12 year old heroine has quite an adventure. I thought the book was good for ages 11+.

martha_w May 27, 2015

This one is a bit tricky to rate -- it's solid children's fantasy, and yet still falls short of the exceptionally high bar set by some of Levine's other work. It's the story of Elodie, a young girl who travels to the city of Two Castles to work as a mansioner (actress) but ends up working for a dragon instead. It's a cute little story, but it feels a bit overly familiar -- that's an issue that plagues a lot of fantasy, and this is still definitely a solid effort and a quick, fun read, but when compared with the brilliant and memorable 'Ella Enchanted', it's a bit of a letdown. Still recommended for kids who are looking for fantasy & strong female heroines.

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Maiya_Schmidt
Jun 26, 2014

I really liked the mystery in this book!

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Elodie is a plucky girl who seeks an apprenticeship in the city of Two Castles. But because she has grown up in a small village, she has not heard the news: free apprenticeships are no longer being granted to poor young people. When she arrives in the big city after a lengthy voyage, she is turned away from learning her desired profession of mansioning, or acting, with a troupe.

No longer a candidate for mansioning, she seeks a new career. A kindly dragon takes the girl under ITs wing. (Dragons are notoriously secretive about gender, so are referred to as IT rather than as he or she.) While at first scared of IT, Elodie slowly learns to trust the creature. During her time in Two Castles, the small town girl repeatedly learns that appearances can be deceiving. A friendly human may turn out to be an untrustworthy person; similarly, a seemingly scary ogre may actually be a kind, generous soul.

The heroine's determination to be heard is reflected by her constant attempts to get elders to call her by her full name rather than by the less dignified nickname of Lodie. This quality of persistence, coupled with her willingness to disagree with her superiors, serves Elodie well as she acclimates to her new home.

Levine's fans will welcome another fairy tale book with a strong heroine.

PaulaHoney Aug 28, 2013

I am currently working my way through Gail Carson Levine's works, and I normally wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. As usual, GCL writes a compelling heroine, with great supporting characters. I especially loved the dragon.
The beginning was extremely slow. I was considering throwing in the towel. But, towards the middle, GCL reveals that there is more to the story than we had originally thought - that aha moment is worth the slow beginning.
Overall, I enjoyed it. An entertaining book, and yet another excellent addition to her fairytale collection.

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Love_Legolas_111
Apr 27, 2013

Really really good book! I had heard about this author and read this book first. One word: WOW! I loved the characters and the mystery was built very well. I will definitely be reading books by this author from now on! One thing I'd like to know though: Is Gail British? Almost all the good authors come from England (think C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkein, Dianna Wynne Jones, etc.)

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

Quite amusing, actually. Elodie has some serious pluck.

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