- By Lisa Schroeder

The Girl in the Tower

  • Title: The Girl in the Tower
  • Author: Lisa Schroeder
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Girl in the Tower Ever since she can remember ten year old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana who has the kingdom under her spell The queen has everything she wants excep

    Ever since she can remember, ten year old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell The queen has everything she wants except for one thing beauty Violet possesses this beauty She also has a secret although she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty.When Violet is summoned bEver since she can remember, ten year old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell The queen has everything she wants except for one thing beauty Violet possesses this beauty She also has a secret although she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty.When Violet is summoned by Bogdana to start training to become a real princess, it seems as if her life might be taking a turn for the better But hope quickly fades when Violet s mother is banished from the castle, and she and Violet are forbidden to see each other ever again With everyone s lives in the balance, it s up to Violet to break the spell and reunite her family.

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    1. Novel Novice says: "The Girl in the Tower will charm you with its big heart, sweet story, and enchanting writing."Publisher's Weekly says: "Kids will find it easy to root for determined Violet as she sets out to secure her family’s freedom. . . her courage and hope light up the pages."School Library journal says: "Forced to decide between her true destiny and the luxurious life of a princess, Violet makes tough decisions based on character and courage rather than fantasy and greed. Recommended [...]

    2. This book appealed to my seven-year-old daughter. This is a big deal; she is the pickiest reader I've ever met, and she won't touch most books. So, points for that.A couple of hours after she went up to bed, I checked on her. She was halfway through this book, and she was sobbing. The witch is TOO MEAN! She's EVIL! She wouldn't read any more. I told her I would read it and tell her if it was worth finishing.The beginning of this book is kind of a downer. A girl has been locked in a tower all her [...]

    3. The Girl in the Tower is an upcoming fantasy novel written by Lisa Schroeder. I downloaded it hoping for a fun read, thinking it was a play upon Rapunzel. For its similarities, I found it to be nothing like that tale. Instead it's a precious, enjoyable romp about a young girl who spends her youth growing up in captivity. It sounds dark and sinister but I assure you that it isn't. It is sweet and charming and full of gorgeous illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli. I loved it so very much. Violet was [...]

    4. This was a cute little story. A retelling of Rapunzel-like story. A girl and her mother are locked in the tower by an evil queen for her own gain. This queen's ultimate desire is to be pretty. To do that, she goes to any length to get the things she needs in order to achieve this.The girl, on the other hand, is the true beauty because her heart is beautiful. Instead of a prince coming to the rescue, a family is reunited. These are the morals of the story.I could really see this being a great "st [...]

    5. This novel is pretty darn precious. It felt like reading a fairytale, and in spite of the similarities it bears to fairytales I've read, it certainly has its own spin to it. Pretty delightful, and a quick read!

    6. I like this book because the girl in it is resourceful and not a shrinking violet. It is a sweet little fairy-type tale and would be a good pick for young readers.

    7. I adored this book and was lucky enough to read in manuscript form. Looking forward to the final version and reading it again in book form!

    8. 5/5 starsI loved this book.Violet(10 years old) and her mother, Nuri, have been trapped in a tower since Violet was born. This is because an evil queen, Bogdana(who's actually a witch), needs Violet for a spell to make herself beautiful when she turns eleven.One day, Bogdana takes Violet away from Nuri and tells Violet that she will become a princess. Violet doesn't like this idea because she doesn't want to be separated from her mother.The plot of the story is for Violet to reunite with her fam [...]

    9. Violet has been in the castle tower since she was born because of her purple eyes. Luckily she has dear friends that help her find happiness in her situation. When the Queen finds her in the secret garden she tries to make her stay. What happens when Violet discovers the Queen's plan with her?

    10. This was a delightful children's fairytale, a VERY loose retelling of Rapunzel. With a surprise twist ending, I can think of several 4-6th graders and others who are going to love this book!

    11. 3.5 stars. This was a really sweet and simple fairytale, kind of a mix between Rapunzel and Snow White. The pictures were delightful.

    12. I found the writing so cloying, this was hard to get through. And the message that ugly is evil and beauty is best made my stomach squirm.

    13. I got this book sent to me from Rain Coast Publishing as an ARC and it has been the cutest children story I have read all year! (Since it is not published until March 29, 2016 I will make sure not to spoil anything)The plot of this book I found quite cute! It was as if it was a retelling of Repunzle, but in a different way. More child like. It was fun energetic at times, but also sad. Since some parts of the story where saddening itself. There was action, adventure, and happiness in this story a [...]

    14. I love middle grade, fairy tales, and brave-hearted girls, so I really thought The Girl in the Tower was going to be right up my alley. I wanted it, needed it, stalked Netgalley for it, and was lucky enough to get it. I wish it had lived up to my expectations.The Girl in the Tower has all the right ingredients for a blissful, charming middle grade fantasy, but they never came together in a compelling way for me. I was thrown off by the stilted prose and awkward “old-timey” dialogue (time per [...]

    15. Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower for as long as Violet can remember. Only the evil queen, the gardener and his wife know about Violet. As Violet grows the gardener takes pity on the poor girl and creates a hidden paradise for her within the garden walls. A place Violet can go to feel the sunshine, smell the flowers and befriend the beautiful humming birds the evil queen has filled the garden with. Even though the winters are long and cold and Violet is forced to eat stinky [...]

    16. E ARC from NetgalleyI am REALLY conflicted about this book. I adore Schroeder's work, both her MG and YA stuff, but I was seriously creeped out by this. It seems like a book aimed at the 3-6 grade princess book readers, but I'm not sure what the message is supposed to be. Definitely take a look at this-- it's intriguing-- before purchasing. Violet and her mother have been separated from Violet's minstrel father by the evil queen Bogdana. Bogdana just wants to be beautiful, and to fulfill a proph [...]

    17. This story begins in a kingdom controlled by the evil Queen Bogdana. She is a witch who has cast a spell over everyone. She can have everything she wants except beauty. The spell to become beautiful requires two very special ingredients - a feather from a living hummingbird and a long hair from a dark-haired girl with lavender eyes between the ages of eleven and twelve.The queen goes to great trouble and expense to import hummingbirds to live in her garden. She also imprisons a traveling minstre [...]

    18. Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I started reading this book and couldn't put it down until the end. It was sweet as well as funny and Violet was endearing. I loved how she looked at the world. She was a prisoner, but she never let that fact break her spirit.I liked her mother Nuri, and the serva [...]

    19. I definitely enjoyed reading this children's fantasy novel. Violet has spent almost all of her entire life locked away in a tower. Though she didn't grow up alone. Her and her mother have been locked away together in this tower. The two are visited by Maggie and George almost daily, they bring food among other things--news, forbidden luxuries like books or pen and paper. George, the palace gardener, even finds a way to help Violet escape the tower and find time in a secret garden, depending on t [...]

    20. While this book started out strong for me, my interest flagged during the last portion of the book because things got tied up neatly--not necessarily a bad thing--but too quickly for my taste. Still, I liked Violet a lot, and the story concerning Queen Bogdana who had kept Violet and her mother prisoners in a tower near her castle for more than a decade. The queen has almost everything her heart could desire, of course, since she's a witch. But she longs for beauty, and Violet and the hummingbir [...]

    21. A new fairy tale for a new generation of readers, The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder will charm you with its big heart, sweet story, and enchanting writing.Full embracing the classic ingredients of a good fairy tale, Schroeder weaves a lovely and charming story about a small girl with a big spirit, and how her kindness and courage help her to change her fate and save a kingdom.Remember that beautiful quote from Disney’s live action Cinderella movie last year? “Have courage & be kind [...]

    22. I had the opportunity to read a digital-ARC of this book from NetGalley. I enjoyed reading it. For those who like to read fairy tale type books with princesses and castles and evil witches, this book will be fun to read. Violet and her mother have been held prisoner by the evil Queen Bogdana ever since Violet was born. The two have spent over ten years locked up in a remote tower on the castle grounds. Their caretakers, George and Maggie, bring them food and other items to make their lives toler [...]

    23. Schroeder, Lisa The Girl in the Tower, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli, 246 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G; Violet is a beautiful girl named for her beautiful eyes. She and her mother were locked away in a tower because of Queen Bogdana, her quest for beauty, and the ingredients for a beauty spell. The kingdom's kind-hearted gardener, George, tried to make things as happy as he possibly could by growing a secret garden [...]

    24. Very light book about a girl and her mother locked in a tower by a witch. Author says she was not influenced to write this story by the Rupunzel tale but it seems to me that it is a very clever rewriting of a tale of a girl who is saved by her hair. In this case it is by cutting off her hair to stop the witch from using it to make herself beautiful. There is no prince charming that comes to save her the girl comes up with a plan to save her and her mother and reunite them with her father. The il [...]

    25. 10-year-old Violet and her mother have been locked up in a tower since Violet was born. Queen Bogdana, a witch in disguise, needs a hair from an 11 year old violet eyed child, and kidnapped her as an infant. This is a simple fairy tale that begins well, but wraps up everything a bit too quickly and smoothly at the end. The queen is basically shown as all-powerful; she uses a truth serum to reveal people's secrets, she took over as Queen and made the previous king and queen servants. At the end, [...]

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