Author’s new children’s title explores the challenges of young life in the Middle Ages


Castle in Danger by retired NYC teacher Karen Rita Rautenberg is a richly evocative historical fiction novel set in the time of the Middle Ages in the 14th Century.


It tells the story of Emma, a very pretty and kind-hearted girl, who lives in a castle with her rich father, Baron Geoffrey. She meets a handsome, young peasant, Thomas, when he saves her from a frightening accident. They become friends and are thrown into many adventures. Thieves try to steal Emma’s and her father Baron Geoffrey’s jewels.


There is mystery and adventure with battles and a siege in her uncle’s castle and a harrowing journey through the forests and countryside searching for Emma’s missing cousin Helen, as well as personal intrigue and friendship involving the main characters.


The story weaves jousting tournaments, town fairs, scrumptious feasts, holidays, Christmas and All Hallow’s Eve, and Medieval traditions.


Well-crafted and laden with entertainment and learning value, Castle in Danger is intended for children ages nine to twelve.

I received a copy of this book and think that children ages 9-12 will enjoy the story especially the characters. My son enjoyed learning about the different ways that holidays were celebrated. It’s a fun adventure story that both boys and girls will enjoy reading. 

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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post.


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