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Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy, and up until his father’s stroke he lived an ordinary life. But all that changes when his family moves to the Water Castle, their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs. 

Mallory Green’s family has always been the caretakers of the Water Castle—and the guardians of its secrets. She has been raised to protect the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. But ever since her mom left, she’s stopped believing in magic. 

Will Wylie’s family has been at war with the Appledores for generations, all because of the Water Castle’s powerful secrets. But Will has rejected legend and magic, putting all his faith in science. 

When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, the trio embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families’ shared history, through every secret room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines of magic and science, creativity, and discovery, leaving readers left to wonder: Do you believe in the unbelievable?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Replete with applealing complications…this novel, too, invites readers…to ‘believe in the unbelievable.’”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “What shines through…is Blakemore’s tender understanding of how these children—and all children—feel about their lives and the adults who control them.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Water Castle is full of adventure and mystery, but mostly it’s about the importance of family, friendship, and home.”

    Washington Post

  • “Science, history, and literature references glow…With keep intelligence and bits of humor, the pose slips calmly between narrative perspectives, trusting readers to pick up a revelation that Ephraim and Mallory don’t see—and its’ a doozy. This one is special.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With their individual points of view, different family problems, and often prickly personalities, Ephraim, Mallory, and Will are at the heart of this somewhat convoluted but ultimately rewarding novel.”

    Booklist

  • “Ephraim is a realistic kid: needy, uncertain, not particularly brave or logical. Mallory, Will, and Nora are also well drawn, as are some of the adult characters.…There will be much for readers to discuss. An entertaining and thought-provoking fantasy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Blakemore skillfully explores the intersection of science and magic in this multifaceted story…A sense of skeptical wonder pervades the book and lingers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Listening to narrator Chris Henry Coffey recount the escapades of young Ephraim and his unlikely compatriots in their quest to reveal the secret of Maine’s Water Castle is like having a storyteller of one’s own. The immediacy of each moment is clear…Coffey keeps to a steady pace and uses only a slight pause or emphasis at key moments. Chapters alternate between the current day and the early twentieth century, creating a double mystery. Is there truth to the stories of a youth-extending water hidden underground? What brought the Crystal Springs resort to ruin? Listeners will be eager for answers.”

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  • A Cybils Award Finalist
  • Finalist for the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Young Adult Titles
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year for Middle-Graders
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About the Author

Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of Secrets of Truth and Beauty, a novel for young adults, which received critical acclaim and was on the ALA Rainbow list. She works as a school librarian in Maine where she lives with her family.