Castle Hangnail

Castle HangnailWritten by Ursula Vernon

When Castle Hangnail sends out invitations to fill the vacancy for a new Master, 12 year old Molly shows up posing as a Wicked Witch. Although the castle minions are skeptical of her, she soon wins them over. They believe she might actually be able to take over the job as she completes the tasks on the Board of Magic’s list. But Molly has secrets of her own that could change everything for the minions as well as the castle. Mystery, magic, adventure, secrets, loyalty, love, humor and friendship abound in Ursula Vernon’s new book, Castle Hangnail. Enter the castle for a great fantasy read! I really loved this book for the wonderful characters and great story. The minions are so lovable and Molly is an amazing girl. This book would make a perfect summer book.

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Molly is a twelve year-old with aspirations of being a “Wicked Witch” living in her very own castle. However, when she turns up at Castle Hangnail ready to be its new Mistress, the minions already living there have some serious doubts and misgivings about her suitability. But, after Molly performs a few impressive magic tricks, she begins to win the trust of her new friends at the castle and the local townspeople. This is an entertaining read for 9 through 12 year olds with clever black and white illustrations also done by the author. The ending also leaves the reader hoping for a sequel.

Review by Lynda H. Wilson, David Gourley Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 4th-7th grade

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Castle Hangnail
Written by Ursula Vernon
Dial Books for Young Readers
372 pages
Release Date: April 21, 2015

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2 thoughts on “Castle Hangnail”

  1. I loved this book as well! Vernon is a wonderful writer. The end left it open to become a series. That would suit me just fine.

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