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The Water Castle

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The Water Castle

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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 Applegates 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?

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 Applegates 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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  • MEGAN FRAZER BLAKEMORE is the author of Secrets of Truth and Beauty, a novel for young adults, which received a starred Publishers Weekly and was on the ALA Rainbow list. She works as an elementary school librarian in Maine where she lives with her family.

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  • DOGO Books sgand1 - This is an amazing book! It is about a boy, named Ephraim, who's ancestors searched for the mystical Fountain of Youth. It contains three families: Appledore- Smith, the Darlings who are the caretakers of the water castle, and the "rival", the Wylies. They all live in a town called Crystal Springs. Crystal Springs is an odd place. Everyone there lives over a 100 years old and the area is full of radiation. Ephriam Appledore-Smith moved to the water castle in Crystal Springs due to his father who has a severe medical issue. The house is full of strange extensions and a humming sound. He later learns of the curing water of the Fountain of Youth. Will it cure his father? He sets out for help from Will Wylie and Mallory Green/Darlings. Together the trio get trapped between the endless school work of reality and the mystical Fountain of Youth.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 26, 2012
    Blakemore (Secrets of Truth and Beauty) skillfully explores the intersection of science and magic in this multifaceted story. When 11-year-old Ephraim Appledore-Smith’s father suffers a stroke, the family leaves Cambridge, Mass., for his mother’s ancestral home in Crystal Springs, Maine. Known as the Water Castle, it’s where her family bottled water, long disappeared, that was believed to have healing powers—some claimed it came from a Fountain of Youth. Interspersed with chapters taking place in the Water Castle in 1908, the plot grows increasingly sophisticated as Ephraim becomes obsessed with finding the water he believes will cure his father. He and two classmates whose families have been linked to his for generations—not always positively—come together on a research project about explorer Robert Peary, but are soon, along with Ephraim’s siblings, discovering secret rooms and staircases in the intricately built house, in search of the water. While strongly suggesting that the water has magical, scientifically based powers, Blakemore refuses to provide a neat explanatory ending (which may frustrate some readers); instead, a sense of skeptical wonder pervades the book and lingers. Ages 10–14. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger.

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