King of the Castle

King of the Castle


by Kathy Stinson and illustrations by Kasia Charko


Mr. Elliot has a job he loves—he is the custodian in a primary school. He is so useful to everyone that he sometimes sees himself as the king of the castle. But Mr. Elliot has a secret. He can't read. When he sees a child at the school being called stupid and falling into traps he remembers so well himself, Mr. Elliot finally decides he must learn how to read. His granddaughter proves to be his perfect audience.

Black-and-white illustrations enhance this novel's appeal for readers 7 to 10. King of the Castle is perfect both for encouraging children to read and for adult literacy programs.

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About the Author

Kathy Stinson has published more than 30 titles—picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography, and other nonfiction. She is a mother, stepmother, and grandmother; CNIB and CODE volunteer; and member of CANSCAIP and TWUC. Kathy is the author of 101 Ways to Dance—a Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year nominee—and Highway of Heroes, a Silver Birch nominee. Kathy lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her partner, Peter Carver.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 12, 2000

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 72 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children’s Fiction

  • Ages 7-10 / Grades 2-5

  • Lexile: 710L Guided Reading: N

  • ISBN: 9781896764351


  • Character Education
    > Empathy

  • Language Arts
    > Early Chapter Book
    > Literacy

Awards for King of the Castle

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Book - 2000

  • 2002 Silver Birch Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading