The Water Castle

The Water Castle

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"Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy, and up until his father's stroke he lived an ordinary life. But all that changes when his family moves to the Water Castle--their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs. Mallory Green's family has always been the caretakers of the Water Castle--and the guardians of its secrets. She has been raised to protect the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. But ever since her mom left, she's stopped believing in magic. Will Wylie's family has been at war with the Applegates for generations, all because of the Water Castle's powerful secrets. But Will has rejected legend and magic, putting all his faith in science. When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he's sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will's help, the trio embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families' shared history, through every secret room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines of magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving readers left to wonder: Do you believe in the unbelievable?"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walker, 2013.
ISBN: 9780802728395
0802728391
Call Number: BLAKEMORE
Characteristics: 344 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Magic -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Discoveries in science -- Fiction.
Dwellings -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Maine -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Kay, Jim

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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
What mysteries wait to be uncovered at the Appledores’ ancestral home? Hidden tunnels, covert experiments, and old feuds await Ephraim, Mallory, and Will when they seek to unravel the secrets of the past.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
What mysteries wait to be uncovered at the Appledores’ ancestral home? Hidden tunnels, covert experiments, and old feuds await Ephraim, Mallory, and Will when they seek to unravel the secrets of the past.

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joywolf83
Jan 21, 2014

Ugh. I painfully made it to page 100. The main character is a brat, I realize that they're going to have him grow and develop. I just have no patience for a boy who is rude to his parents when his father has had a stroke. Plus it keeps going back in time to the history of the castle, but it's boring and meandering. What's really irritating is that it keeps doing an information dump however none of the information moves the story along. Has anyone finished this and found it to monumentally change and improve?

m2 Oct 28, 2013

I was disappointed in this one. Choppy plotting and not that compelling in the end. I am surprised it is on so many lists for the Newbery. Maybe I missed something.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 18, 2013

A smart little bit of middle grade chapter book science fiction, complete with arson, obsession, genetic mutation, and a house any kid would kill to live in. Smarter than your average bear, this is one book that rewards its curious readers. It's a pleasure through and through.

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CostisOrmentiedes Nov 10, 2014

CostisOrmentiedes thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

black_penguin_254 Jan 08, 2014

black_penguin_254 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 18, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jan 21, 2014

When Price left, Ephrain rubbed the sore spot on his arm. He felt pretty sure that he deserved the hit.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 18, 2013

“Normally zombies gave her comfort. They were slow. There were straightforward ways to kill them.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 18, 2013

“I shall find a way or make one.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 18, 2013

Welcome to Crystal Springs, Maine where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average. That last part seems to be true, anyway. When Ephraim Appledore, his two siblings, his mom, and his father (suffering from the after effects of a stroke) move to town he's shocked to find that not only does everyone seem to know more about his family history than he does, they're all geniuses to boot. The Appledores have taken over the old Water Castle built by their ancestors and harboring untold secrets. When he's not exploring it with his siblings Ephraim finds two unlikely friends in fellow outcast Mallory Green and would-be family feuder Will Wylie. Together they discover that the regional obsession with the fountain of youth may have some basis in reality. A reality that the three of them are having trouble facing, for individual reasons.

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