Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.
Two Castles is sure to please Levine's fans. Several people have asked me if it is "as good" as Ella Enchanted, Levine's best-known title and winner of a Newbery Honor. That's a hard question to answer. Ella Enchanted is such a unique and clever book that I'm not sure Levine will ever top it. It was the equivalent of a lightning strike: unexpected, dazzling, and not something that can be replicated easily. However, lucky for us, Levine is an imaginative and skilled writer who is more than capable of producing delightful tales in the same spirit as her most famous book. That spirit being, of course, a richly imagined, once-upon-a-time kind of fantasy featuring resourceful, quick-thinking heroines. Fans of all things fairy tale will be glad to know that Two Castles fits squarely into Levine's mold (without feeling like a re-tread) and is a welcome addition to her oeuvre.
Recommended for anyone seeking a middle grade mystery or fantasy novel, a book with a proactive heroine, or a story that features theatre and acting as a plot device.
"A Tale of Two Castles" follows twelve-year-old Elodie as she makes her way to the town of Two Castles. Here, a greedy king and a kind ogre occupy the two castles that give the town their name. Elodie hopes to become a ten-year apprentice--this way, she won't have to pay for her apprenticeship. But when she learns that the ten-year apprenticeship no longer exists and that all apprentices must pay their masters, she ends up assisting the town's dragon, Masteress Meenore, who considers ITself an excellent detective. Elodie soon finds herself drawn into a mystery that balances detective work and fantastical elements to make for a captivating story.
Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon. The dragon teaches her to be observant and helps her uncover who is poisoning the king and troll. What Elodie doesn't know is that she is in for a huge adventure- one that could kill her.