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The Castle Corona

by Sharon Creech
320 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Kitti Kat

A clean, easy, light read. Lovely illustrations.

Plot

A leather pouch with the king's seal draws two peasant children and an apathetic royal family together, changing them all.

Morality

A queen learns a lesson in compassion and wisdom. A king learns the value of "eating only until you're full". And three palace brats start thinking about someone other than themselves.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

A slave owner is mentioned to have once used a strap on the back of the knees of two slave children.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Ale is mentioned, and a man is drunk at one point, but no violence or profanity result.

Sexual Content

Throughout the second half of the book, feelings that are not described as much as felt by the reader grow between a seriously under-age couple. However, it is so remote, and this part of the plot so undeveloped, it would not keep me from recommending it.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

The strongest language used is when two slave children are called "filthy beetles".

Conclusion

This book is a fun, gentle, and light read. A great by-the-pool-or-beach book. I'd let my nine-year-old brother read it, though he may not "get" some of the humor.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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