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I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith

One of the 20th Century's most beloved novels is still winning hearts!

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.

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Recommendations: 1

Categories: Teen & Young Adult

Reading time: 910 hours


Lisa Randall
Theoretical Physicist, Author, and Educator

I'll give to young girls–I really love the book I Capture the Castle. That sounds like an odd choice from a physicist, but I think it's a really lovely book about the importance of art and understanding the world. It's a young adult book by Dodie Smith, but it's lovely.