One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time "William has just received the best present of his life an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she s leaving, now the castle is his William can t wait to play with the castle he s certain there s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle. . . . "An IRA-CBC Children s ChoiceA California Young Reader Medal WinnerA Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children s Book Award Winner"