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5 Things That’ve Happened with The Very Last Castle (And a Special Giveaway)

The Very Last Castle was published on October 9. All kinds of completely cool and unexpected and heart-wrenchingly kind things have happened since then. Thank you. Thank you. I mean it. It means a lot.

Here’s what I’m going to do: put all that stuff in this post and then if you want to check it out you can.

Also, I want to give away a couple copies (see below).

Thing 1: This Note

Kid Note

I’m seriously considering spelling “known” like Kairi does (“noune”) from nou on.

Thing 2: A Star


Kirkus gave The Very Last Castle a starred review. I was taken by surprise with this news. It snuck up on me and made my day.

Thing 3: In the Wild

The Very Last Castle in the Wild

Teachers and librarians and booksellers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (see above) have shared that they’ve read the book. This has been incredibly meaningful for me.

Thing 4: On Film

Colby Sharp made a video about how his students reacted to the book. It was really cool to hear how the story went over with his 5th graders.

Thing 5: Book of the Month

Best Books of the Month

Amazon selected The Very Last Castle as a Best Book of the Month. To be on a list with these other picture books is completely surreal.

Because of all these things, I want to give two signed copies away. But there’s something extra:

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That’s right – the winners will receive the book AND a panda backpack clip, like the one Ibb (the main character) has in the book.


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Carolyn Davis says:

    Love this book and Ibb!