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By Gail Carson Levine Greg Call | Comments: ( 727 ) | Date: ( Apr 03, 2020 )

Mysteries abound, especially in Two Castles.A handsome cat trainer, black and white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon Which is the villainous whited sepulcher Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner an actress but luck is against her She is saved frMysteries abound, especially in Two Castles.A handsome cat trainer, black and white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon Which is the villainous whited sepulcher Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner an actress but luck is against her She is saved from starvation by the dragon Meenore, who sends her on a dangerous mission inside the ogre s castle There, disguised as a kitchen maid at an ogre s feast, she finds herself cast in the role of a lifetime and pitted against a foe intent on murder.Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine weaves an entrancing tale of a fearsome ogre, a dragon detective, and a remarkable heroine, who finds friendship where she least expects it, learns that there are many ways to mansion, and discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.


  • Title: A Tale of Two Castles
  • Author: Gail Carson Levine Greg Call
  • ISBN: 9780061229657
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Gail Carson Levine Greg Call

Just letting you all know I m only going to review books I love There s enough negative criticism without me piling on A book is too hard to write.Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987 Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book Levine s other books include Fairest Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults The Wish The Two Princesses of Bamarre and the six Princess Tales books She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic Creating Stories That Fly and the picture book Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash Gail, her husband, David, and their Airedale, Baxter, live in a 1790 farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.



Comments A Tale of Two Castles

  • Vinaya

    There is only one word to describe Gail Carson Levine’s books, and that is ‘charming’. The beauty of her writing lies in her ability to create enduringly endearing characters. And in Two Castles, she manages to weave her magic, yet again.Strangely enough, although A Tale of Two Castles has a much younger protagonist than Ella Enchanted, I found the writing style in this book infinitely less juvenile. In Ella Enchanted, her prose is breathless and fast-paced. In Two Castles, her words have [...]


  • manda

    I don't know, maybe this is better suited as a children's book, which is why I couldn't enjoy it half as much as I hoped to. A Tale of Two Castles recounted the journey of Elodie, a poor farm girl with nothing but "mansioning" (acting) skills, who goes to Two Castles for an apprenticeship. However, unexpected events pushed her to become the assistant of Meenore the dragon; later into the castle of Count Jonty Um the ill-reputed ogre, to protect him from those who would have him killed.For me, ev [...]


  • Erica (daydreamer)

    Gail Carson Levine, I must say, is one of my favorite authors (at least when I need a cute, light fairytale type read). Her books are sweet, and enchanting, and just purely fun little fairytales. A Tale of Two Castles was no exception. It had that special magical quality that Levine’s other books all possess, simple in its light fairytale esque feeling, yet beautiful with its engaging writing and endearing characters, complete with an intriguing plot, at first perhaps simple, but at the end, q [...]


  • Valerie

    A girl working for a Dragon to solve a mystery to save a nice ogre. Add that with the unique magical writing of Levine. Well what are you waiting for!If that is not enough than I'll write more.There is a great heroine who has a big heart and a vibrant spirit. Elodie (or Lodie depending who you ask) is on her own now and she wants to be a mansioner which is an actor (took me a few pages to figure that one out). She was turned away though; fate has bigger plans for her. A dragon offers her an appr [...]


  • Ann

    AUDIOBOOK REVIEWAt not yet 14 Elodie (her exact age is a bit vague, probably 12 or 13) sets off from her beloved parents, brother and the small farming community from which she's lived to the city of Two Castles to seek an apprenticeship in mansioning (acting). But on the boat trip to Two Castles, Elodie learns that apprenticeships are no longer free, and Elodie, having no money to speak of, finds her dream dashed before she even reaches shore. How is a penniless girl from town to survive in a l [...]


  • Beth

    While nothing can ever replace my love for Ella Enchanted, A Tale of Two Castles is a really fun story. Sometimes the way the story flowed felt odd, but for the most part, I really enjoyed this one and devoured it in about a day. I think had I read it as a child it would have been a favorite for sure. I already own the second book about Elodie and hope to read it this year.


  • Lynna

    I loved this book.It's rather hard to tackle why I liked this book, so I'll make a list:1. I once heard someone saying that spunky heroines as an archetype are getting old, and they're right. However, The way I see it, Elodie just seemed so much more than an archetype. Although its true she acted in many ways that are typical of young fantasy heroines (outspoken, brave, smart) these features just don't outweigh the other aspects of her personality, most notably, her love of acting and her vivid [...]


  • Julie

    Update: 3.5 stars. 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 [...]


  • Seanean

    librarytalker/201 At just twelve years old Elodie leaves home and sets off aboard ship to the town of Two Castles where she hopes to become a mansioner (actor). But fate has other plans for her. She instead becomes the assistant to the town dragon who is an expert in inductive and deductive reasoning. By paying close attention to her new masteress's teachings and to the world around her, can Elodie figure out who has betrayed the town ogre and poisoned the king?Final thoughts: It's a short book [...]


  • April

    I am pretty sure everyone who begins a book enters the book hoping to love it. With a select few books that people may start off with their fists swinging, I think the vast majority of us want to love what we read. I am not immune to this, nor do I ever want to be immune to the desire to fall for new words and worlds. Unfortunately, I ultimately did not love A Tale Of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine, despite my hopes.Read the rest of my review here


  • Danya

    The name Gail Carson Levine may sound familiar – she’s the author of several wildly popular children’s fantasy books, including Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre. I read and adored both of those books when I was in elementary school, so when I saw that she had started a new series it seemed like a no-brainer to jump on board. While I did enjoy it, I ultimately found that comparing A Tale of Two Castles to Carson Levine’s older works didn’t do the new book any favours.A T [...]


  • Karissa

    Previously I had read Levine's book Fairest and really did not enjoy it. A number of people told me to give Levine another chance, so when I saw this book up at NetGalley I decided to give it a read. It was an okay book. While I liked it a little better than Fairest I still thought it was pretty boring, that the plot was over-simplified, and the characters very two-dimensional.Elodie is twelve years old and is sent to the city to start her apprenticeship as a weaver. Of course Elodie has ideas o [...]


  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    My only prior experience with Gail Carson Levine was Ella Enchanted, which, honestly, I did not like. I had seen the movie first and thought it was better (if not necessarily good). Still, I wanted to give Levine another chance because I know so many people who adore her books. Plus, I love fairy tales and she does tons of those.A Tale of Two Castles fits into that mold; it is a revisionist, postmodern telling of Puss in the Boots. The ogre who can change into any animal is there, as is the mill [...]


  • Miranda

    I had a hard time getting into A Tale of Two Castles. I’m not sure what it is--I LOVE Levine’s books, in that I will gladly devour anything she releases, but this one just did not work for me for some reason. The writing seemed kind of jumbled at times, more focused on rushing through scenes so we could get more details on the setting. At times it honestly felt like more an exercise in world building than it did an actual fully realized novel. In the beginning the book throws a lot of terms [...]


  • Alice Janell

    Whether or not you've read Gail Carson Levine before, you are still probably familiar with her work. Levine is probably most known for being the author of "Ella Enchanted", which is, of course, a cute movie starring Anne Hathaway.If you enjoyed "Ella Enchanted" (the book or the movie), you'll enjoy "A Tale of Two Castles."Young Elodie is sent from her home and across the sea to Two Castles, where her parents hope she'll train to be a weaver, but Elodie hopes to become an actress. When she arrive [...]


  • Pamela

    I vividly remember reading Ella Enchanted and being absolutely floored by well, everything! Levine's later books, like Ever, never lived up to the perfection of EE. But here is a tale, perhaps aimed at slightly younger readers (although I was heartily grateful for the lack of the obligatory love story you get in a YA novel), that's funny, imaginative, charming, and infectious. The characters are pitch-perfect, which I really think is Levine's strong point. Lodie is the now-rather-typical strong [...]


  • Ceilidh

    A wonderfully imaginative book jam packed full of charm. Gail Carson Levine's crafted a fun, exciting MG book that's entertaining for all ages but doesn't talk down to its intended age group. If you're part of the generation that was brought up on Ella Enchanted, The Princess Bride and The Goonies, you'll definitely have a lot of fun with this book. Elodie is a fun and surprisingly charismatic narrator who I think a lot of kids will enjoy reading about and the world Levine has created has someth [...]


  • Annie Cristina

    It's not a perfect book, but then again, I did read a galley, so perhaps the final version will be more polished. My biggest gripe in this book might be silly, but I was annoyed by the repetition of the all caps in "IT" (which the narrator uses to mention her Masteress, the dragon, whose gender she does not know and is too afraid to ask). Still, it was a fun read. Gail Carson Levine excels at creating fantastical worlds, as she did in Ella Enchanted. The characters are both sympathetic and inter [...]


  • Miss Clark

    This was one of the most boring, uninteresting books I have read all summer. Elements that should have yielded a good story merely prolonged the slow death of all and any interest in the story. How can ELLA have been so enjoyable and this so bland?


  • Emily

    This book is sooooo good. It takes place in the time of dragons and ogres and Elodie right on the middle of it all. Of yay and the whited sepulcher. The whited sepulcher is a person who seems to be your friend but is really a mean killing person. When Elodie goes to two castles to be an apprentice as a weaver she knows secretly that she wants to become a munchner instead. But things all change once she gets to two castles and she becomes an apprentice as a dragon's assistance and boy do they go [...]


  • Jasmine

    Really interesting premise for a Middle Grade, in that the overall theme is one of learning to identify people who seem nice at first and turn out to be bad news. How to spot Whited Sepultures in the big city. I also enjoyed that there was an ungendered character ("it's no one's business if a Dragon is a He or a She except the Dragon") though an all-caps use of IT/IT's for pronouns did not become less clunky.


  • Renee Hall

    Mystery isn't usually my thing, even with the fantasy trappings -- but in this case it was worth it for the characters, especially the dragon Masteress Meenore.


  • Chyanne

    This was a cute little book, written for a young audience. It was funny, but a little cringy at times, but I loved it all the same.


  • Small Review

    I’ve only read one other Gail Carson Levine book before (The Two Princesses of Bamarre), but I already notice a pattern to her writing. I hope this pattern holds true, because GCL appears to be an author I can go to when I want a light and sweet MG fantasy book that will hold my interest and make me feel good.The dragon Meenore was the biggest draw for me. This character is just one of those feel good characters that acts tough but has a secret soft spot for the main character. I love these ki [...]


  • Merideth Jenson-Benjamin

    What You Need To Know: This charming middle grade fantasy combines unique characters with Levine's trademark world-building skill. Summary: Elodie is a poor farmer's daughter, who leaves her impoverished, but loving, home for the city of Two Castles. Under orders to become an apprentice weaver, Elodie instead seeks to become a mansioner, or actor. Broke, unused to city life and desperate, Elodie soon attracts the attention of Mastress Meenore, the dragon who lives in Two Castles. Meenore makes h [...]


  • ElinorLoredan

    La! (as Princess Renn would say) I hate to admit that I am disappointed with this one. I started out hooked, following strong and independent Elodie with her mansioning ambitions (though she is rather grown up for 12 and I would like to know how her desire to act formed). The storytelling was nice and simple, with simple descriptions and conversation, not trying to do anything grandiose. Count Jonty Um, the tender ogre, and IT, Elodie's tough but sympathetic masteress, are immediately likeable, [...]


  • Joella www.cinjoella.com

    With a nod to Puss in Boots, Gail Carson Levine has written another brilliant tale of fairytale proportions. Elodie has traveled far from her home island in order to become an apprentice in the city with two castles (the king's castle and the ogre's castle). However, due to a new law Elodie cannot in fact become an apprentice without paying the master. And seeing how Elodie only had enough money for her passage and a copper (which a cat with white boot-like markings stole on her first day there) [...]


  • Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*

    I would describe A Tale Of Two Castles as cute fantasy book. More like a fairytale with mystery, i would tell to my children. I haven't read any of the other books of Gail Carson Levine (i have watch Ella Enchanted Movie though) though it took me some time to get used to her writing style. She combined knows to us fantasy creatures and her ideas of them and created fast paced fantasy story. Little naive at times.It was one of those books, that our hero/heroine are not one of my favorite characte [...]


  • Gaby

    Posted at oh-my-books/2011/A Tale of Two Castles is the classic fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure.Elodie is a twelve years old girl who is brave and intelligent. She's going to become a mansioner (an actress) at the town of Two Castles, but when she can't do tt, she has to accept a job being the assistant of a dragon.I liked Elodie. It's obvious she's young and inexpert, acting as she was older, but I liked her attitude. She was strong, always taking the best of every situation and with a [...]


  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Elodie leaves her family in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a masioner. But her best laid plans change instantly upon arrival in the town of Two Castles. There are no apprenticeships, and Elodie’s copper is stolen so she has no money. She meets the dragon, Meenore, in town and finds herself agreeing to be IT’s assistant. Meenore is no ordinary dragon. She is a mystery solving dragon, brilliant in the game of observation and deductive reasoning. Elodie’s first case with Meenore involves t [...]


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