I Capture the Castle Book
Score: 4
From 188 Ratings

I Capture the Castle


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2003-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466842120

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I Capture the Castle Excerpt :

One of the 20th Century's most beloved novels is still winning hearts! I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"-- and the heart of the reader-- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments. “This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” -- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series

I Capture the Castle Book
Score: 4
From 188 Ratings

I Capture the Castle


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2017-10-10
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250146700

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I Capture the Castle Excerpt :

“Every time I meet someone who also loves I Capture the Castle, I know we must be kindred spirits.” —from the new foreword by Jenny Han, the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. A beautiful, deluxe edition of Dodie Smith’s beloved novel, I Capture the Castle, featuring a new foreword by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han, a stunning new cover, and designed endpapers that is perfect for devoted readers and those discovering this timeless story for the first time. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family may live in a ramshackle old English castle, but that’s about as romantic as her life gets. While her beautiful older sister, Rose, longs to live in a Jane Austen novel, Cassandra knows that meeting an eligible man to marry isn’t in either of their futures when their home is crumbling and they have to sell their furniture for food. So Cassandra instead strives to hone her writing skills in her journals. Until one day when their new landlords move in, which include two (very handsome) sons, and the lives of the Mortmain sisters change forever. Through Cassandra’s sharply funny, yet poignant, journal entries, she chronicles the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle” – and the heart of the reader – in one of literature’s most enchanting novels. “This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” —J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series

I Capture the Castle Book

I Capture the Castle


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 596
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099572886

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I Capture the Castle Excerpt :

This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love.

It Ends With Revelations Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

It Ends With Revelations


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : Corsair
  • Release Date : 2012-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780335261

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During a summer festival in an English spa town Miles Quentin, a distinguished actor, and his devoted wife become friendly with the local MP Geoffrey Thornton, and his young daughters Robin and Kit. All of these attractive, intelligent and busy people seem untroubled at first. But the surface of their lives conceals problems which start to come to light after the Quentin's return to their London theatre world and the Thornton's to their Westminster home. This leads to an unconventional love story in which loyalty may prove more important than love. It Ends with Revelations deals with complex issues of love and commitment, while retaining elements of the light hearted comedy of I Capture The Castle and the nostalgic charm of The Town in Full Bloom. As ever, the vivacity of Dodie Smith's writing and the warmth of her characters will keep readers guessing until the last page.

Keeping The Castle Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Keeping The Castle


  • Author : Patrice Kindl
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-06-14
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101572061

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Keeping The Castle Excerpt :

Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . . This witty take on the classic Regency--Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade--is like literary champagne!

The Town in Bloom Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Town in Bloom


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : Corsair
  • Release Date : 2012-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780335254

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The Town in Bloom Excerpt :

A determined young Lancashire girl arrives in London intent on a stage career - this tale from the author of I Capture the Castle is told with the candour and authenticity that derives from Dodie Smith's own experience of the theatre world. Mouse never did fully suit her nickname. Tiny she may have been, but timid never. After less than twenty-four hours in London she had bluffed her way into an audition at a famous theatre, infuriated its forceful young stage director, and amused its kind if quite amoral actor-manager. She had finally landed not a part but a toehold as a junior secretary. During her involvement in the engrossing affairs of the Crossway Theatre she met her friends Molly, a baby-faced six-footer; and elegant, ambitious Lilian, who was fated to clash disastrously with Mouse. Later, there was also Zelle, rich, generous, enigmatic, and responsible for an outing to Suffolk village pageant which proved a turning point for them all. Life was always surprising the fearless Mouse: when she unexpectedly got to a chance to act she made an unforgettable impression, though not the one she had intended. However, nothing prepared her for the assault of first love, highly unsuitable, but welcomed by her in a way which was to have far-reaching consequences. Only when she looks back after a reunion luncheon does she realise the full effects of that shared summer on her friends and herself. A startlingly frank yet nostalgic read, this is a charming novel about coming of age and the healing effects of time.

The Last Book Party Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Last Book Party


  • Author : Karen Dukess
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250225467

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The Last Book Party Excerpt :

*A July 2019 Indie Next List Great Read* *One of Parade's Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019* *An O Magazine Best Beach Read of 2019* *A New York Post Best Beach Read of 2019* “The Last Book Party is a delight. Reading this story of a young woman trying to find herself while surrounded by the bohemian literary scene during a summer on the Cape in the late '80s, I found myself nodding along in so many moments and dreading the last page. Karen Dukess has rendered a wonderful world to spend time in.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems. A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess's The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

How Not to Disappear Book

How Not to Disappear


  • Author : Clare Furniss
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481421041

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How Not to Disappear Excerpt :

A pregnant teen and her gin sling loving great-aunt go on the journey of a lifetime in this “absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt, and incredibly enjoyable” (Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike) novel that shows what happens when you’re on the brink of losing everything. Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody. Hattie’s summer is not going according to plan. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to “find himself” and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with the endless drama surrounding her mother’s wedding. And she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby. Then Gloria—Hattie’s great-aunt who no one even knew existed—comes crashing into her life. Gloria’s fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling, and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery—Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.

Skinny Melon And Me Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Skinny Melon And Me


  • Author : Jean Ure
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2013-07-18
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780007402151

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Skinny Melon And Me Excerpt :

One of the brilliant titles in Jean Ure’s acclaimed series of humorous, delightful and poignant stories written in the form of diaries and letters which make them immediately accessible to children.

Look Back with Mixed Feelings Book

Look Back with Mixed Feelings


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : W.H. Allen
  • Release Date : 1978
  • Genre: Authors, English
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106006793894

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Look Back with Mixed Feelings Excerpt :

The author leaves behind her Manchester childhood and comes to London. After training at RADA she launches out as a touring actress. And there are her first attempts at writing.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

The Hundred and One Dalmatians


  • Author : Dodie Smith
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683356134

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians Excerpt :

Dodie Smith’s classic tale adapted into a playful and stylish new picture book Dalmatians Pongo and Missis live in London with their beloved owners. When Missis finds out she’s going to have puppies, they’re all thrilled! But, Missis doesn’t just have one puppy . . . or two . . . or three . . . she has fifteen! When the puppies go missing, Pongo and Missis know that there’s only one woman who can be behind the dognapping: the notorious Cruella de Vil. They strike out across the city and—with a little help from the street dogs of London—rescue their pups and many, many more from a terrible fate.

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill Book

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill


  • Author : Emma Smith-Barton
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2019-07-11
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241363324

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The Million Pieces of Neena Gill Excerpt :

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart? Neena's always been a good girl - great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash died, she's been slowly falling apart - and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous. As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena's grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point. But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

Wednesday Books Sampler Book

Wednesday Books Sampler


  • Author : Lily Anderson
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Release Date : 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250179470

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Wednesday Books Sampler Excerpt :

Get a first look at the books coming this fall from Wednesday Books!

King of the Castle Book

King of the Castle


  • Author : Jenny Dale
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2003-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 0439319110

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King of the Castle Excerpt :

When Neil and Emily take a camping trip near a castle, they didn't know that they would be chased off the land by Lord Ainsworth, but the royal family's dog, King, is in need of their help before they are banished from the Lord's property.

I m the King of the Castle Book

I m the King of the Castle


  • Author : Susan Hill
  • Publisher : Trafalgar Square Publishing
  • Release Date : 1980
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:$B396517

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