The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Published in1985, this classic tale is a great read aloud.

10-year-old William Lawrence is very upset when he learns his beloved housekeeper and nanny, Mrs. Phillips will be returning to England. Mrs. Phillips has taken care of William since he was a baby! As a parting gift, Mrs. Phillips gives William a wooden medieval castle that has been in her family for generations. The castle is really cool. It has a miniature drawbridge, a portcullis, and a silver knight! Yet, the gift of the castle cannot change the way William feels. He must find a way to keep Mrs. Phillips from leaving.

Then, something magical happens, sending William on a quest to save the silver knight's kingdom.

Winthrop adds just a right amount of realism to this satisfying fantasy.