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This is the weekly meme from BookCraic celebrating the amazing middle grade books! I hope others will enjoy taking part- it is a great way to share favourites and add to wish lists!

How to Join In…

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others. Include details of author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book
  • Share why you would recommend this book or link to your review.
Written and Illustrated by Sophy Henn, Published today by Simon and Schuster

Page 11 Sentence…page 11 in this book is a chapter header so I have skipped to page 12 and the best sentence is…”Yes, you did hear that right. My name is Pizazz.”

Three Words to describe this book! Funny, surprising, super!

Recommendation! This book is the first in a series by Uber talented Sophy Henn and is perfect for readers aged 7 and up! Pizazz is a super hero, as are all her family, and they need to balance living normal lives with saving the world! When they move to a new town, Pizazz’s sister fits in immediately while it takes longer for Pizazz to find her feet.

Becoming Eco Monitor for her class is a step in the right direction and her first project is to save the park from becoming a car park. Can she do it by using her super power or by asking her family for help? Without knowing her super power, the reader can imagine all the cool things Pizazz could do!

However, striking the balance between being a normal 9 1/2 year old and a super hero is important and there may be a simple solution to solving this eco concern!

The amazing comic style illustrations make this feel like a superhero epic and the conversational style text is perfect for building the story and feeling a part of Pizazz’s world!

I can highly recommend this newly published delight!

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#MGTakesonThursday

This is the new weekly meme from BookCraic celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too, it is so much fun!

How to Join In

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week I am celebrating

Written and Illustrated by The Brothers McLeod, Publishing August 1, 2020 by Guppy Books

Favourite Sentence on Page 11…”He was brave and noble, but one day he failed to stop the double-headed dragon Borax from eating King Burt’s brother, Prince Garibaldi (famous for smelling faintly of biscuits)”

Three Words to Describe this Book… Hilarious, Daft, Brilliant

My Recommendation… This book is hilarious and slightly daft, and full of surprises. Basically, Knight Sir Louis is “a hero in a bonkers world”. He lives in Castle Sideways (take that literally) and he is off to save the world from a giant damsel who is scoffing all the chocolate coins. He is accompanied by his trusty steed, a robot horse named Clunkalot and a magical boar named Mr Catalogue.

What could go wrong? A more apt question might be what can go right? Knight Sir Louis is ready for the challenge and I can guarantee this is one epic you won’t want to miss!

Between the humour and the illustrations, this will have you giggling with tears streaming down your face! A sheer delight from beginning to end. I hope there may be more daring adventures yet to come from brave Knight Sir Louis and The Brothers McLeod!

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#MGTakesonThursday

This is the new weekly meme from BookCraic celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too, it is so much fun!

How to take part:

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week, I’m celebrating …

Written by Alex Bell, Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic, Published by Faber

My favourite sentence from Page 11 is “Stella saw Felix’s fingers shake slightly as he fumbled with the clasp, and before she knew what she was doing she was on her feet, scattering the fairies, who tumbled to the floor in an indignant heap.”

Three words to describe this book: Adventurous, Dangerous, Friendship

My Mini Review:

Stella Starflake Pearl is back and I couldn’t be happier! She is a bold, fearless but kind character and she has delighted me since first meeting her back in The Polar Bear Explorers Club. Her adventures are legendary as are her powers and her background. A fascinating trilogy and one I would highly recommend for anyone aged 9+.

We catch up with Stella and Felix as they are expelled from the club. They are banned from expeditions but Shay is in danger and they must find the stolen spellbook in order to save him. Crossing the legendary and cursed Black Ice Bridge is their only choice. It certainly won’t be easy and they will meet many who wish them ill on their journey but what adventure would it be without creatures, Princesses and a Gentleman Flamingo, who just might be my favourite character in this book!

Of particular fascination in this book are the rules from the lost ladies of Swan Island…my favourite is “Laugh as long and as hard as possible, wherever possible, and preferably until tears run down your beak”.

Read this series from start to finish and I fully expect you will love it!

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#MGTakesOnThursday

A weekly event celebrating Middle Grade Fiction….hosted by Mary Simms at BookCraic.

The idea is simple…choose a brilliant middle grade book you have loved, and tell why! Choose three words to describe the book and then turn to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.

Today I have chosen NeverMoor, The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. I have chosen it as I read it, thoroughly enjoyed it but never managed to find time to read the sequel Wundersmith.

Written by Jessica Townsend, Illustrations by Beatriz Castro
Published by Orion (Hachette)

Now I am delving back in so I am fully prepared for Wundersmith and the the third Hollowpox! The third, is set to be published in October.

NeverMoor in three words…Mystery, Magic and Mayhem!

Page 11 Sentence: “The truth that she and every cursed child knew deep in their bones, had tattooed on their hearts: I’m going to die on Eventide night.”

It perfectly sums the beginning of the story and leaves us curious as to what can possibly happen to this young girl we have already come to root for!

Wish me luck as I delve back into NeverMoor with Morrigan and the fascinating Jupiter North!

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#MGTakesOnThursday

Hosted and Designed by Mary Simms on her Book Craic Blog
https://bookcraic.blog/2020/04/09/new-feature-mgtakesonthursday/

Every Thursday, the aim is to promote the brilliant middle grade books we all love so much! There are a few steps needed to participate…

Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.

Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence from that page. Choose three words to describe the book. Share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

I have recommended some firm favourites and through reading other blogs, have added a considerable number of books to my TBR pile. It is getting harder to decide which to highlight each week as there are so many brilliant books, authors and illustrators I want to shout about.

Written by Ben Guterson, Illustrations by Chloe Bristol
Published by Square Fish, An Imprint of Macmillan

This book in Three Words! Puzzles, Family, Secrets

Page 11- Favourite Sentence– “She especially loved anagrams, and had already mentally rearranged the letters on the advertising sign at the front of the bus- Fred Daul Transport- to Dreadful Torn Parts”

I discovered this series of books while browsing bookstores in Canada last summer. Immediately drawn to the cover and the following words on the cover; “A lavish hotel, A family secret, A book of puzzles and a veil of magic…”- It was an instant buy and I have since bought the 2nd and will buy the third as well.

Elizabeth is an orphan living with Aunt Purdy and Uncle Burlap. She is shipped off, alone, to the Winterhouse Hotel. Once there, she discovers the hotel is charming, full of a huge library, kind people and puzzles to solve. As she learns about the hotel and its secrets, she discovers a deep connection to the hotel and its mysterious owner, Norbridge Falls.

I loved this book and discovering the secrets of Elizabeth, Norbridge and the hotel!!

I highly recommend the entire series!

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#MGTakesOnThursday

This is a weekly event started by Mary Simms on her super  Book Craic blog.

Every Thursday, the aim is to promote the brilliant middle grade books we all love so much! There are a few steps needed to participate…

Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.

Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence from that page. Choose three words to describe the book. Share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

In the three weeks this event has been running I have recommended

Demelza and the Spectre Detectors, Holly Rivers, Alex T Smith, Chicken House

The House on Hoarder Hill, Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai, Chicken House

The Light Hunters, Dan Walker, George Ermos, Uclan Publishing

This week I am breaking the rules slightly as I don’t know that you would want one without the other…..especially with the promise of more to come!

Willow Moss and the Lost Day in three words; magical, adventure, friendship.

Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale in three words; journey, courage, trust

To be honest, all six words could be used to describe both books as the same sense of magical adventures leads Willow on a journey, where she needs to be brave and learn to trust new faces. Throughout both these adventures she makes wonderful friends who come to her aid at any time and by any means- flying dragon, troll whistle, horn to summon a bathtub boat.

Page 11 sentence:

Willow Moss and the Lost Day: “It was at age six, when Willow’s power had finally surfaced, that her father had explained to her that the world was made of different types of people.”

Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale: “Willow had answered a knock on the attic window only to find herself confronted by a rather grumpy oak tree with a face carved deep within its trunk.” (As this is a proof, the page number may not match the published copy).

I spent many happy evenings reading these books with my daughter. Filled with magic, love and a deep desire to be accepted by her family, Willow Moss is an adorable character. More powerful than she believes, in both stories, the magical world comes to rely on her powers and friendship.

I eagerly await book three as I am sure it will be as wonderful as the first two.

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Welcome to Week Three!!

This is a weekly event started by Mary Simms on her super  Book Craic blog.

Every Thursday, the aim is to promote the brilliant middle grade books we all love so much! There are a few steps needed to participate…

Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.

Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence from that page. Choose three words to describe the book. Share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

Previously I have recommended Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers and The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai. Both published by Chicken House.

This week I am pleased to recommend, The Light Hunters by Dan Walker, Published by UCLan Publishing, Cover Design by George Ermos.

Favourite sentence from Page 11 is “Lux didn’t know whether the antique book in the library would contain what he needed to cure his grandpa, but he wasn’t just going to sit there like everyone else, hoping for a miracle.”

Three Words to Describe this book; Adventure, Monsters, Bravery

Lux lives in a world where monsters lurk and keep cities locked away. He hides a life changing secret- something that must remain hidden to protect himself and his grandfather. However, we as readers know that secrets in an MG fiction book must reveal themselves. Lux shows his abilities for light healing publicly by saving best friend Maya from a monster attack.

From this point, Lux must avoid capture by those who want to use his power for evil. Luckily Maya and Grandfathers nurse, Ester are on hand to help Lux evade capture. More secrets need to be unraveled and mysteries solved in this exciting and thrilling adventure. Hopefully this will be the start of a brilliant MG series.

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#MGTakesonThursday

This is the third week of #MGTakesOnThursday led by the brilliant @marysimms72. The idea is to recommend middle grade books, describe them in three words and share our favourite sentence from page 11 in the book. In the hope it will inspire others to pick up MG books, this is a great thread to follow.

In the first week I recommended Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers, Published by Chicken House. Last week I highlighted the superb The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai, also published by Chicken House.

For my third recommendation I am choosing Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes, Published by Orion Children’s Books.

This book in three words: Courage, Love, Freedom

My favourite sentence from Page 11: (Must admit- read this on my kindle so counted 11 pages and it may differ from physical book) “You have blue blood- royal blood- in your veins, insisted the tiger, and he sank down and bent his knees and bowed his head to Fly.”

My full review of Tiger Heart can be found using the link below.

https://myshelvesarefull.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/tiger-heart/

Now to hunt for a book for Week 4- I have too many I want to highlight and recommend!

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#MGTakesOnThursday

A new weekly blog courtesy of @marysimms72! In an aim to highlight more Middle Grade tittles. I am so pleased to take part as I seem to solely read this genre.

Last week I highlighted the super scientific Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers.

This week I am recommending The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai. It is published by Chicken House.

This book in three words: Adventure, Magic, Family

Favourite Sentence from page 11, “Looking like Grandma Rose gave Hedy a small glow of satisfaction until she realized that Grandpa John’s eyes were shiny with tears.”‬

This is one of my favourite books and I was so pleased to ask Mikki and Kelly about who their celebrity picks would be for casting as excitedly, this book will become a tv show! I will add the link so you can read their choices and see a teaser trailer!

https://myshelvesarefull.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/the-house-on-hoarder-hill-blog-tour/

Now to start thinking about my next choice!