My family first discovered The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop as an audio book. We listened to it in the van, as we drove to church, on errands or trips. We all loved it.
William does not want Mrs. Phillips to leave. His British housekeeper is going home to England after living with his parents and caring for him for ten years. Nothing will be the same without her.
Before she leaves, Mrs. Philips gives William a special wooden castle that has been handed down in her family for years. She sets it up in the attic, and gives him the silver knight which goes with the castle.
William figures out a way to keep Mrs. Philips with him, and breaks the spell on the silver knight. That’s when the real adventure begins, and William must fight a dangerous dragon and a wicked wizard.
Recommended for ages 5 and up.