The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore 344 pages
Following the stroke of their father, the Appledore children move into their familial mansion. Their mother says this will bring them geographically closer to their father's new doctor. The house, known as the Water Castle, is full of its own secrets. Secret rooms, secret passageways, secret histories. The town where it's located is full of mystery, as well. Everyone seems exceptional, smarter than your average town, better at sports and no one ever seems to be sick. With the help of some local kids, the middle Appledore child embarks on a search for what his ancestors hoped to find: The fountain of youth, and perhaps a cure for his father. This was a lovely book. It hopped back and forth in time to allow the reader in on the history more than the main characters of the book ever knew. It also illustrated the sometimes messy tangles of family histories and how that influences things for generations. I thought this book was just great, I wasn't going to read it, but was able to get it on audiobook by interlibrary loan. This is a Mark Twain award nominee for this current 2015-16 year. This was read very well by Chris Henry Coffey.