King of the Castle

  • Pages:72
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:school custodian, grandparent and grandchild, adult literacy
  • Available:09/12/2000
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:710L
By the prize-winning author of the classics Red is Best, The Bare Naked Book and Big Or Little, this new chapter book is about a man who spends every day in a school but who cannot read. Mr. Elliot has a job he loves – he is the custodian in a primary school. He is so useful to everyone that he sometimes sees himself as the king of the castle. But Mr. Elliot has a secret. He can’t read. When he sees a child at the school being called stupid and falling into traps he remembers so well himself, Mr. Elliot finally decides he must learn how to read. His granddaughter proves to be his perfect audience. Black and white illustrations enhance this novel’s appeal for readers 7 to 10. King of the Castle is perfect both for encouraging children to read and for adult literacy programs.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Book   | 2000  |  Commended
Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award   | 2002  |  Short-listed