The castle in the mist / Amy Ephron ; map and illustration by Vartan Ter-Avanesyan.

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      Summary: "Sent for the summer to their aunt's sleepy village in the English countryside, Tess and Max find the key to a castle hidden from time and learn that wishes can come true, if they wish carefully"-- Provided by publisher.
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      EPHRON, A.; TER-AVANESYAN, V. The castle in the mist. [s. l.]: Philomel Books, 2017. ISBN 9780399546983. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
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      Ephron A, Ter-Avanesyan V. The Castle in the Mist. Philomel Books; 2017. Accessed September 29, 2020.
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      Ephron, A., & Ter-Avanesyan, V. (2017). The castle in the mist. Philomel Books.
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      Ephron, Amy, and Vartan Ter-Avanesyan. 2017. The Castle in the Mist. Philomel Books.
    • Harvard:
      Ephron, A. and Ter-Avanesyan, V. (2017) The castle in the mist. Philomel Books. Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ephron, A & Ter-Avanesyan, V 2017, The castle in the mist, Philomel Books, viewed 29 September 2020, .
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      Ephron, Amy, and Vartan Ter-Avanesyan. The Castle in the Mist. Philomel Books, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ephron, Amy, and Vartan Ter-Avanesyan. The Castle in the Mist. Philomel Books, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ephron A, Ter-Avanesyan V. The castle in the mist [Internet]. Philomel Books; 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 29]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 November #2

After their mother is hospitalized for a serious illness while their father, a war reporter, is in Afghanistan, Max and Tess are sent away to spend the summer with their aunt Evie in the English countryside. One day, Tess discovers a mysterious castle with a gate that magically opens with an old key she finds buried in the dirt. Inside, she meets William, a young boy about her age. Soon, Tess, Max, and William spend heaps of time together exploring the castle and its wondrous contents, like a carousel whose horses come to life and a supernaturally lively sculpture garden, but they always steer clear of the ominous Hawthorne hedge. Before long, however, Tess and Max have to uncover the castle's secret. 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. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring

Tess stumbles upon a strange gate while visiting her aunt in England. Soon she and her brother Max are enjoying magical adventures with a mysterious boy at a grand castle that the villagers think is uninhabited. As a joyful reunion with their parents approaches, Tess and Max learn secrets about their friend's family history. The tale is pleasant but slight in development and originality. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 November #3

Ephron (Loose Diamonds) draws on elements common to classic children's stories—secrets gardens, powerful wishes—in her first book for young readers. Tess, 11, and her younger brother, Max, are sent to live with their widowed Aunt Evie in the English countryside for the summer, where they spend their days playing Monopoly, fighting, and helping Aunt Evie in her garden. After a particularly nasty fight with Max, Tess finds a rusted key that magically opens the gates to the estate next door. Within them are a magnificent garden, a castle, and a boy Tess's age named William. Tess, Max, and William forge a friendship, but something is amiss, and Tess isn't sure what it is. Ephron spends a great deal of time explaining characters' motivations, and the overall narrative arc feels rushed. Though there are moments of wonder, such as a carousel that runs on wish-granting, these are undercut by Ephron's need to clarify and oversimplify events ("Aunt Evie was lying to them, but they didn't know that") at the expense of a fully developed plot. Ages 8–12. Agent: Kari Stuart, ICM. (Feb.) Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly.