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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Winthrop Narrator: Elizabeth Winthrop Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Castle in the Attic Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780307915726
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The adventure continues in this exciting companion to The Castle in the Attic.
As William turns twelve, he wonders if Jason is still his best friend. In the past year, Jason has grown a foot taller, while William is still a shrimp. When Jason challenges William to “jump the trains,” William is terrified. How else can he prove himself to Jason? William gets his answer when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again transports him to Sir Simon’s castle in the Middle Ages, this time with Jason. There the two friends face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once before, William was a hero in Sir Simon’s day. Now it’s up to William to destroy the rats and save the kingdom in the final battle for the castle.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeleine | 2/15/2014

    " This book is pretty good. I think it is a little creepy and all but it's still a pretty good book to read, just not before you go to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JJ | 2/11/2014

    " another interesting read by Winthrope "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 2/8/2014

    " Love this fantasy book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina Sutton | 2/5/2014

    " I loved "The Castle in the Attic." So when I found out about this book, I went and bought it for my collection. Not as good as the first, but it still a fantastic book to continue the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raksha | 1/27/2014

    " again, i read this a LONG time ago :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/24/2014

    " The sequel to The Castle in the Attic, I found this adventure just as fun and a great read on the bus home from work (it took a few bus rides). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/20/2014

    " Not as good as the first one. The kids lost interest in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 1/15/2014

    " Really enjoyed this sequel to The Castle in the Attic. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 11/16/2013

    " Decent children's fantasy, but better story in a similar genre is "Indian in the Cupboard" series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadia | 7/2/2013

    " This one just wasn't as good as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/7/2013

    " The parts with the rats freaked me out so much as a kid! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 12/31/2012

    " This was a cute kids' story. The first book was better, though. But still cute. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 9/30/2012

    " Gudrin took action alot during the book. Wiliam seemed to like how Gudrin acted so diffrent from the girls he knew. He really cared for her. It was alot about friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/9/2012

    " In this thrilling sequel to The Castle in the Attic, William returns to the magical kingdom together with his friend. More danger and adventure await them as they help to stop a new threat to the castle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 8/18/2012

    " This was a kinda wierd and creepy sequal...and it was nothing really like the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 5/20/2012

    " This book scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. GIANT RATS, you guys. RATS THE SIZE OF PEOPLE. Well, technically, the people are the size of the rats. But my point is, it scared me, but I loved it and read it several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/25/2011

    " This is the sequal to "The Castle in the Attic" which is both entertaining and well told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/7/2011

    " This wasn't as good as the first one, yet it was still greatly enjoyed by my 6 year old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 11/14/2011

    " Full of adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanae D. | 7/14/2011

    " /: Its good not my favorite book, i dont care if you read it or not.:/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/8/2011

    " This wasn't as good as the first one, yet it was still greatly enjoyed by my 6 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/5/2011

    " In this thrilling sequel to The Castle in the Attic, William returns to the magical kingdom together with his friend. More danger and adventure await them as they help to stop a new threat to the castle.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2011

    " These books were some of my all time favorites as a young girl! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 1/11/2011

    " Really enjoyed this sequel to The Castle in the Attic. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/3/2011

    " A little darker than the first book (Castle in the Attic), but still an exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 6/25/2010

    " This book scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. GIANT RATS, you guys. RATS THE SIZE OF PEOPLE. Well, technically, the people are the size of the rats. But my point is, it scared me, but I loved it and read it several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 6/21/2010

    " My favorite part of this story was when William fought the huge rat and when he was turned back into his full size again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/25/2010

    " This was a kinda wierd and creepy sequal...and it was nothing really like the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 4/9/2010

    " This was a cute kids' story. The first book was better, though. But still cute. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kikki | 3/26/2010

    " The sequal to my super Favorite book when I was little. Read it about 50 times, also XD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanae | 2/16/2010

    " /: Its good not my favorite book, i dont care if you read it or not.:/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schimmel | 11/23/2009

    " claudia- it was a thrilling and exiting story full of mystiruse tyhings "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 7/4/2009

    " Decent children's fantasy, but better story in a similar genre is "Indian in the Cupboard" series. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Winthrop

Elizabeth Winthrop, the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, was born in Washington, DC. Her award-winning titles for children include the Castle in the Attic series. Her short story “The Golden Darters” was a selected for Best American Short Stories by Robert Stone. Under the name Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, she is the author of the memoir piece Don’t Knock Unless You’re Bleeding. She is currently working on a personal history about her parents’ love affair during World War II. The daughter of Stewart Alsop, the political journalist, she divides her time between New York City and the Berkshires.