Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE, by Kier Graff

Castle

The story: Brian is stuck at Uncle Gary’s for the summer, with his cousin Nora who hates him. It seems like it’ll be Death by Boredom when something unexpected happens: the kids get lost in the woods and discover the Matchstick Castle, peopled with a host of famous adventurers, writers, and explorers, who just so happen to be pursued by their very up-to-date nemesis on the city council who wants to tear the whole thing down (people inside or no). Luckily, Brian and Nora are there to add a little common sense to the derring do while the day is being saved. Summer just got a lot more interesting!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you like a funny story, filled with adventure and blowing up (as well as falling down) you need to read The Matchstick Castle!

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