Episode # 33

The Matchstick Castle

Keir Graff

A wild and whimsical adventure story, perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.
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8 - 12 / 3 - 7
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers




The Matchstick Castle

Brian can think of a few places he’d rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole.

Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it’s not just a home—it’s a castle.

Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball.

This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who’s ever wished a little adventure would find them.

Praise for The Other Felix

“This is a satisfying tale in and of itself, as well as a helpful and sensitive guide for those children who are just learning to confront life’s sticky challenges. The ending is exquisite.”
School Library Journal

“[Graff’s] skill at capturing the small, everyday details and dramas that loom large in children’s minds, as well as his avoidance of a too-neat ending, ought to linger with readers who share Felix’s introspective nature.”
Publishers Weekly

“This thoughtful, whimsical story promises rewards for those patient readers who stick with Felix till the end.”
Kirkus Reviews

Keir Graff’s first book for kids, a middle-grade novel called The Other Felix, was judged “Best of the Best” by Chicago Public Library and was compared to The Little Prince by School Library Journal. Graff is an in-demand speaker at libraries, schools, and conferences. By day he is an executive editor at Booklist. www.keirgraff.com | Twitter