Castle of Shadows by Ellen Renner

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Ever since the Queen mysteriously disappeared and the King went mad five years ago,
eleven-year-old Princess Charlie has lived a wild and mostly unsupervised life in the
country of Quale—until now. With the discovery of an unfinished letter in the Queen’s
handwriting, Charlie embarks on a quest to find her mother and save the kingdom
from a revolution. With Tobias, the gardener’s boy, by her side, every step closer to the
Queen pulls Charlie deeper into an entangling web of lies and secrets—as twisted as
the dark castle—where nothing is as it seems.

About Ellen Renner

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Ellen Renner was born in the United States, in the Ozarks Mountains in Missouri, and she now lives in a very old house in England with her husband, son, and cats. Visit her online at
Published March 20, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 405 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Possible double agents and nonstop twists and turns keep readers guessing as Charlie seems to raise more questions than answers concerning her mother’s disappearance and also her likely ties to a secret weapon against a warring, neighboring nation.

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Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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But along the way, Charlie must confront her worst fears and be prepared to accept difficult truths about the people she cares for the most.CASTLE OF SHADOWS is a lively and delightful read about a young girl struggling with serious adversity and grand adventure.Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman o...

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Charlie’s mother, who definitely did care about Charlie and her husband the King, may have fled for her life due to something she found out as a scientist — Charlie doesn’t really understand this, mind you, but what seems to be the case is that her mother discovered nuclear power in a world that ...

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