Middle Grade Reads: Tuesdays at the Castle


School has started without a fall crisp in the air. As students load up on the buses or wait in study hall, they will need an AR book to keep them company (and to win those prizes and make a good grade.)

Don’t worry parents and students – the Girls in Plaid are here to help you out! Every week for the next few weeks, we aim to have a book for you!


Tuesdays At the Castle (Castle Glower Series #1)

Author: Jessica Day George

Level: Upper Elementary – Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Rachel’s Rambles:

The reason I read this book was because Brody said something along the lines of, “I found you on a cover! Its a book about a blond, freckled faced girl who likes maps!” So I looked at the book several times for almost six months (guessing here) and I finally read the book about a month ago…IT IS SO CUTE!

It’s light fluffy tale with espionage, adventure, and a little magic. (The castle is magic!) It defintley makes you want to keep reading and wishing you could stay at Castle Glower – and that the castle likes you so it makes your room nice and comfy…and lets you play in the bouncy room! Castle Glower should definitely be part of a theme park!!!

If fantasy tales with heart-warming characters, plotting villains, and happy endings is your thing – check this book out!

 Science Ch. 4 Week 2 copy

 Content Advisory Guide 

Language: 1 (maybe)

 Sexual: 0

 Violence: 1 (again – maybe)


GG6: Plaid Style

Hello lovely readers!!

There are some outfits for the rule breakers, the preppy gals, the cautious dressers, the non-conformists, the maxi-skirters, and the blazers-and-jeans. I’m just gonna throw all these in and let the loving begin!!

That plaid with stripes reminds me of what I wore when we met Ally Carter for the first time!

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!  You can find all these fabulous outfits on our Plaid Fashion board!

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Which ones you would totally work, or wish you could work?

(I’m totally envying that plaid shirt and black skirt…)

Graduating Gallagher Academy

gg6First up, our apologies for not including a recap of Out of Sight, Out of Time. Due to that little thing called life, we found ourselves finishing it up a few days late! But we’ll get it posted soon, so we can fangirl with you guys!

The last Gallagher Girl book, United We Cry Spy, released almost two years ago. It was a special day. Even though we couldn’t be together, Rachel, Jules, and I found ourselves at various bookstores across town picking up the final book. Each of us went home and stayed up into the night, texting each other things like, OH MY GOODNESS. NO SHE DID NOT. HOW DID WE NOT SEE THIS COMING. There were lots of caps and exclamation points involved. And also lots of tissues and tears.

I told Rachel and Jules that I felt like my graduation from the Gallagher Academy marked the end of my childhood more than my actual high school graduation. Because, even though I was out of high school, I was still able to live vicariously through Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey.

I was the same age as Cammie when the first book came out. The sad thing about fictional characters is that they don’t age with us. But at the same time, it’s kind of refreshing. Because any time I miss being 16, I can reread I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. And I can remember butterflies caused by boys and sleepovers with my best friends and the coded messages we use to pass each other.

The best part about fictional characters is that they never die. Even if the author kills them off at the end (*glares at the mean authors*), they live inside us forever. And that’s exactly how I feel about The Gallagher Girls series. The Gallagher Academy will always have a piece of my heart.

Week 5: Out of Sight, Out of Time


This week we’re reading Out of Sight, Out of Time.

For funzies, we’re sharing some pics of the first time we met Ally Carter!


When we heard she was going to be in Austin for the Austin Teen Book Festival (now the Texas Teen Book Festival), we couldn’t NOT go! So we:
-packed up the car after we got off work
-decorated the car
-left two hours late
-got lost on the way (“We were supposed to turn… an hour ago.”)
-got pulled over for driving without lights on (in my defense, I was driving a car I wasn’t used to and I’d JUST pulled out of the gas station. I would have noticed a few minutes later!)
-had a brief moment when *name redacted* tried to be more Bex-like. (“YOU ARE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.”
-got caught up in traffic for the state festival
-and FINALLY made it to Austin at 2:00 in the morning.

The next morning, we donned our plaid skirts again.
austin3Since we were only going to see Ally Carter, we decided to skip the morning sessions and go to the Texas State Capitol. (This was our first festival, so we didn’t know how awesome ALL the panels were! Now we go to as many as we can!)

That photo is my favorite of us. ^ So funny!

Then… the book festival! We spotted Ally Carter from afar before walking in and all of us just stopped.
“It’s her!” we squealed among ourselves.
“Go say hi,” my mom told us.
“We can’t just… go up to her!” So we didn’t, and just creepily stared at her until she went into the panel. Where we stared at her more. Jennifer Lynn Barnes was the moderator for the panel and told us all that Ally Carter had been Homecoming Queen and we’re like, yeah she’s totally a queen.

Then came the infamous photobombing. Then we met authors! Ally Carter’s line was crazy long (as always), so my mom and aunt held our spot in line so we could meet other authors.

We met:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Ally’s bestie, who told us that she named some of our favorite characters)
John Corey Whaley (who grew up in a city near ours!)

Dan Krokos (We told him he needed to watch Doctor Who)

Will Richter (The story behind the photo: someone called him and, since he was busy signing books, he handed the phone to Jules and said, “Talk to him for a minute.”)

Marissa Meyer and Eliot Schrefer (A year later we contacted Marissa for an interview and she remembered us.)
atbf3We also met a lot more! And we bought some books that we ended up LOVING!
atbf8We were sad to leave, but knew we wouldn’t miss ATBF13. We’ve been every year since!
(Those super tall guys in the background are Lex Thomas–authors of Quarantine.)

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Question of the Day: If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?
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