The Matchstick Castle (Hardcover)

By Keir Graff

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9781101996225, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

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Description

A wild and whimsical adventure story, perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Brian can think of a few places he'd rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole.

Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it's not just a home--it's a castle.

Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball.

This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who's ever wished a little adventure would find them.

"For boys and girls alike, this story sings."--Blue Balliett, award-winning author of Chasing Vermeer


About the Author

Keir Graff's middle-grade debut, The Other Felix, was named "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library. School Library Journal wrote: "The story has a beautifully crafted innocence reminiscent of The Little Prince . . . The ending is exquisite." By day, he is the executive editor of Booklist in Chicago.
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