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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.974564
Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy, and up until his father's stroke he lived an ordinary life. But all that changes when his family moves to the Water Castle-their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs. Mallory Green's family has always been the caretakers of the Water Castle-and the guardians of its secrets. She has been raised to protect the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. But ever since her mom left, she's stopped believing in magic.Will Wylie's family has been at war with the Applegates for generations, all because of the Water Castle's powerful secrets. But Will has rejected legend and magic, putting all his faith in science. When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he's sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will's help, the trio embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families' shared history, through every secret room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines of magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving readers left to wonder: Do you believe in the unbelievable?
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on January 8, 2013 by Walker Childrens
ISBN-10: 0802728391
ISBN-13: 9780802728395
8 Book Reviews
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  • CuteBunnies Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    This book was good. It was about two kids looking for The Fountain of Youth.
    • cocobunnys
      cocobunnysSunday, February 28, 2016 at 10:50 am55 stars
      This is a really good book! I love the style of writing Megan used for this book. I recommend this book to kids who like books with a lot of suspense and adventure.
      • supermoo47
        supermoo47Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm
        Cool I can't wait to read it!!!
      • sgand1
        sgand1Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 3:31 pmFeatured
        This is an amazing book! It is about a boy, named Ephraim, who's ancestors searched for the mystical Fountain of Youth. It contains three families: Appledore- Smith, the Darlings who are the caretakers of the water castle, and the "rival", the Wylies. They all live in a town called Crystal Springs. Crystal Springs is an odd place. Everyone there lives over a 100 years old and the area is full of radiation. Ephriam Appledore-Smith moved to the water castle in Crystal Springs due to his father who has a severe medical issue. The house is full of strange extensions and a humming sound. He later learns of the curing water of the Fountain of Youth. Will it cure his father? He sets out for help from Will Wylie and Mallory Green/Darlings. Together the trio get trapped between the endless school work of reality and the mystical Fountain of Youth.
        • lion_heart
          lion_heartSaturday, June 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm
          this is a good book becuse this the about two kids
          • hullo
            hulloSaturday, June 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm
            Looks Really good. I want to read it.
            • dynamite42
              dynamite42Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:39 am
              looks intersting
              • trmoore
                Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:51 am
                Possible 2014 Newbery Award

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