Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by David M.
Assigned categories: Daily Features, Fantasy, Young Adult
Castles in the Air [Kindle Edition]

By Ilana Waters

Ten-year-old Wikkley McStag and his family are born farmers, happy to work the land. But then they—and other royal subjects—are forced to buy strange, useless machines. Money starts running out. Now the McStags have two days before they lose their farm. As the eldest child, Wikkley must journey to the palace and ask for the king’s help. His loved ones only hope his reckless nature won’t get him in trouble once he’s there!

When Wikkley arrives at the palace, he finds an unnecessary castle being built right into the sky. The same thing is happening in a neighboring kingdom. When royal foolishness leads to disaster, it’s up to Wikkley to save several lives. Will his recklessness finally come in handy? Or will it mean the end of his family, his farm, and possibly . . . his life?

From the fantasy world of “The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt,” Ilana Waters brings you another alternate-medieval adventure. If you like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, don’t miss meeting Wikkley McStag!

(This novella is approximately 21,000 words, or 70 pages).


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What the Reviewers are Saying

“I really liked ‘Castles in the Air.’ It reminded me of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth!’ ” –Ellie K. 

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“I enjoyed this story so much, I read it twice . . . and I don’t normally read middle-grade material! This was wonderful. Happy, adorable, and kind of magical, with a voice that is absolutely spectacular.” –Jen S.

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“This is a great story! It flows well and has a wonderful amount of humor, which kept me smiling, smirking, and giggling. Also, all the characters are lively, believable and fun.” –Tonja D.

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“This book was great, with a whimsical and adventurous nature. It’s new, exciting, and I love what the author did with the characters.” –Naia T.


About the Author



Ilana Waters - Fantasy Author

Ilana Waters


Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on fiction—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason.

Her first book—The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandiais a middle-grade fantasy. It is available, Kobo, andSmashwords. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013. Check out more of her work here!


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