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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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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!