Praise for The Castle in the Mist:

“Bursting with imagination and warmth, Amy Ephron’s first novel for young people is a magical book in all ways.”
—Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

“This beautiful story’s quiet, peaceful tone nicely evokes both the serenity of country life and the haunting magic of the castle, and the emotional heft of Tess and Max’s separation from their parents, as well as their strong bond, keeps the tale firmly grounded in reality. Perfect for middle-graders who love classic fantasy.”


A near-perfect 9... This book defies gravity because it’s hard to put down!

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—TFK Kid Reporter Sarah-Blessing Tetedje

Author Amy Ephron Urges Young Readers to Believe in Themselves in The Castle in the Mist

—Nancy W. Berk, Ph.D.Parade

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More Praise for The Castle in the Mist:

“Rich description of the castle along with an elaborate map at the book’s beginning and an illustration at the end enhance the fantasy world….A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens.”
Kirkus Reviews

...Things I liked about this book is that it was very exciting and I never wanted to put it down. It was so good. Other things I liked about this book is it's very adventurous, and it's an amazing book. I didn't have anything I didn't like about it, it was just perfect.


—Maggie Manwill
five stars


"There are scenes...that are transcendent in their beautiful, ethereal descriptions [in this] uplifting novel about family and connection."

"A slightly darker, updated take on magical realism classics such as Edward Eager’s Half Magic and E. Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle."
—School Library Journal

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