The Ice Castle

ISBN: 978-0-9830219-6-4
Illustrated by Joan Charles
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The return to Lexicon begins when thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne find their Aunt Adelaide deathly ill. Leaving their aunt to rest, Ivan and Daphne accidentally let their younger cousin, Lila, in on their secret world of Lexicon.

Ivan and Daphne must track Lila, who disappears, through the frozen landscape to the Land of Winter where social status and freedom are determined by how well one sings. Fortunately for Lila, her musical talent lands her in the most favorable place. Separated by class now, the cousins face cold, hunger, poverty, illness, injustice, and the malicious plotting of a power-hungry blind man. Slave, servant, and fine lady, the three cousins must escape their own imprisonment before they reunite, provoke a revolution, and restore spring to the Land of Winter.

Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9830219-6-4
ISBN-10: 0-9830219-6-1
Imprint: Mighty Media Junior Readers
On Sale:
July 24, 2012
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Pages: 448
List Price: $13.95
Ages: 8 to 12
Guided Reading Level: 800
BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure/General
BISAC4: JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts/Music
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"There are puzzles to solve, traitors to catch, and friendships to forge. This is a well-written, thoughtful fantasy book that addresses issues of equality while providing interesting musical insights. Besides, it’s a great adventure!"

Teresa Bateman, Keen Readers

"With exquisite language and a sense of humor, Pendred Noyce deftly creates complex characters and imaginative, yet believable, towns and societies. The reader is drawn into this lyrical tale and along with each character, uses logic and critical thinking to solve problems. Layers of content and important themes - from music and science, to personal relations and political revolution - are seamlessly interwoven throughout the thrilling tales of adventure. Ice Castle is a beautiful symphony in which Ivan, Daphne, and Lila face various challenges and come to learn about themselves, one another, and human nature. This beautifully orchestrated book will delight and captivate readers of all ages."

Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums

"THE ICE CASTLE, the second book in the Lexicon Adventures series, has many necessary ingredients that would entice young readers, i.e. adventure, fantasy, family members who don't get along, social commentary and a unique emphasis on music. ... The author uses music to create a social atmosphere of the haves and the have-nots; and even though music is the source of the problem, it is also the solution. Young adults will recognize that it reflects the real world they live in and will be able to see the social implications."

Compass Book Ratings, 4 Stars

Honorable Mention - Sixth to Eighth Grade category of the MSRI CBC 2015 Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens prize list
Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Winner
Mom's Choice Awards
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Eric Hoffer Book Awards
Honorable Mention - New England Book Festival Book Award for Children's Books
New England Book Festival