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Summary

A kid favorite for over 30 years, this award-winning modern-classic is sure to delight listeners for years to come!

When William learns that his favorite caretaker Mrs. Phillips is leaving, he is devastated. But then she gives him her parting gift - a mysterious model castle that has been in her family for years. The castle is perfect in every way, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It's almost too real.

Sure enough, when William picks up the tiny silver knight, Sir Simon comes alive in his hand and tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and a kingdom in need of saving. Hoping the castle's magic holds the key to getting his friend to stay, William embarks on a fantastic quest to another land and another time - where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle.

©2010 Listening Library (P)1985 Elizabeth Winthrop

Critic reviews

"An absorbing fantasy...suspense and colorful details, as well as a gentle moral precept, make the story special." ( Publishers Weekly)

"Winthrop has a real gift for fantasy..." (Madeleine L'Engle, award-winning author of A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Ari
  • 09-03-17

Fun kids story.

I loved this book as s kid so decided to give it a shot as an adult. I can now see many problems with it but that doesn't matter as a kid. I think it takes he main character through a rewarding adventure that gives a good life lesion at the end.
It is also fun to picture. Recommended.

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  • Eric Rayman
  • 30-05-21

One of the best

YA audiobook stories. Well done in all respects. Great for all ages. Perfect for family listening on a drive.

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  • Spencer C. Roundy
  • 30-04-21

i loved it

loved it much better than indian in the cupbaord so mad they didnt macke a movie out of it.
my favorite part was when william did his gymnastics routine and took the necklace from alistor

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  • Sunnie M. Jojola
  • 06-08-20

Excellent!!!!

A book all families should listen to together.
Amazing cast who brought the story to life.
Excellent listen!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

Review: The Castle in the Attic

I really like the emotions put into the casting. The story is very imaginative. Overall, I recommend this to children who loves knights and adventures!

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  • Rachel
  • 22-02-20

Fabulous book but acting was mediocre

So this has been one of my favorite books since I was seven years old. I wanted to love everything about the audiobook, but some of the voice actors left a lot to be desired. Mrs. Phillips spoke very quickly and sounded rude, and was not played by a British actress as it should have been. Search Simon sounded like an old man. Maybe he was supposed to be but that’s not how I imagined his voice at all. I know that the author narrated the book but she sounded so robotic that for a while I thought it was a computerized voice. The kid who played William did a good job. All in all though, I’m happy with the purchase because the story is so good.

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  • mandyjoy78
  • 17-04-19

An old favorite

I read as a teenager, my children have read and enjoyed the audio. Movie next?

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  • Megan A.
  • 26-10-18

love

I read this in 5th grade and it was just as great today as it was then

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  • Katie Owen
  • 10-09-18

Hard to listen to

Good story. But you wouldn’t know it because the extremely poor editing is so distracting. It’s like someone used auto delete all the white space. My least favorite audiobook ever. Dad that all that acting was wasted by such amateurish editing and production.

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  • Joshua George
  • 06-08-18

A must read for any child

Me and my six year old daughter read this book for school and we loved it. She was able to grasp the story line and understand what was going on. It kept her interest and mine even though it was intended for children. It had just the right amount of action to funny parts and taught us some valuable life lessons. Definitely one I am glad we bought so that we can read it again in the future.