Sunday, July 10, 2016

39. The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Library book
2013 Walker Children's
344 pgs.
Middle Grade Magical Realism
Finished 7/10/16
Goodreads rating: 3.82 - 2431 ratings
My rating:  3.54
Setting: contemporary Maine

My comments:  I unfortunately didn't write any reflection or comment when I read the book, 8 mos. ago....all I can remember is a faint disatisfaction, that it hadn't quite lived up to my expectations for it.  The Maine setting wasn't MAINE enough.....

Goodreads synopsis:  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 the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. Will Wylie’s family has been at war with the Applegates for generations, all because of the Water Castle’s powerful secrets. When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, he embarks 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?

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