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Happy National Young Reader's Day!

Today's book giveaway is I Capture the Castle, a book that is characterized as a young adult book, but which I didn't read until this summer. The description, according to Amazon:

I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"-- and the heart of the reader-- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.

There's also a movie version:

If you'd like to win a copy of the book I Capture the Castle, just comment below before the end of the month and tell me a fun fact about castles (or a specific castle).

And while you're at it, you can visit the other giveaway pages to enter to win a copy of Jane Austen's Sanditon or The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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Comments (6)

gravatar Inspired Kathy - November 17, 2010 - 8:57 AM -

Here is my fun fact taken from the site interesting facts about castles:
Spiral stairs in towers are designed to give defenders an advantage. When attackers are making their way up, the shape of the tower makes attackers expose more of their body to the defenders.

gravatar srah - November 17, 2010 - 9:15 AM -

That IS a fun fact!

gravatar Miss Erin - November 18, 2010 - 5:36 PM -

this isn't really a fact, but Windsor castle in england is worth visiting just to see the queen's dollhouse alone. it's absolutely amazing. :)

gravatar alfie - November 19, 2010 - 8:28 AM -

Here's my fact about (I Capture the) Castle(s). One, Henry Cavill is in that movie. Two, it is a TV show starring Nathan Fillion. Three, I once went on a bus ride past Balmoral and I've watched the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. I was at Holyroodhouse on a day when Prince Charles was going to be there in the evening. I have absolutely no expectations of winning the book. I just wanted an excuse to mention Henry Cavill and Nathan Fillion in the same comment.

gravatar Julie B - November 23, 2010 - 4:59 PM -

I did a search on Hearst Castle in California and it took 28 years to construct it. It is now run by the state parks dept. which gives tours. I lived in California for 30 years and never went to visit, maybe someday I will.

gravatar ivy - November 24, 2010 - 1:34 PM -

my interesting fact:
In China, castles are mainly comprised of walls emcompassing a large area. Often the main feature are the immense walls- the Xian City walls are higher than the Great Wall of China, and wider at the base!

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