This is my new weekly meme celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too! Thank you to those who have already taken part – I loved reading your posts and appreciate that you took the time to give this a go.

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 Nicola Penfold
Cover Image: Kate Forrester
Published by Stripes Publishing

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

I see his [Bear] tousle of hair lifted up, triumphant – black against her [Annie Rose] beautiful silver-grey.

This book in three words:


I was lucky enough to be approved to read an early review copy of Where the World Turns Wild by the Publisher via NetGalley. As soon as it was published, I bought copies for our school library as I knew it would be one the children would love and really connect with.

This is an incredibly powerful dystopian story following two amazing young siblings, Bear and Juniper, as they travel into the Wild in an attempt to save themselves and be reunited with their parents.

This really is a must-read story:  it is gripping, moving and so relevant with wonderfully drawn, sympathetic protagonists, and, a plot that completely enthralled me.

Here’s a link to my full review: Where the World Turns Wild 

I’d love if anyone who wants to give this meme a go would comment in the comments box and include a link to your post so I can visit, comment and find some great middle-grade recommendations. If you do create a post and are on Twitter, and would like to share your post, please use the hashtag  #MGTakesOnThursday so I can find it, read it and share it!


8 thoughts on “#MGTakesOnThursday

    1. Thank you Veronica! I loved your choice, and have now moved The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet further up my TBR as it has been there a while- like a lot of other books I want to read! I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose next! By the way, I’ve now read Strange Star and absolutely devoured it – it is exactly the kind of book I love. Thank you so much for the recommendation – I don’t think I’d have found this one without you! I’ve really been enjoying these darker stories recently.

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      1. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it and it always means so much to me when someone feeds back that they have enjoyed a recommendation, so thank you. I know what you mean about darker stories. I saw a comment on Twitter by Frank Cottrell Boyce yesterday about children’s books having to contain a message of hope, and I think the combination of darkness and hope it what so many of us need to read at present.

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      2. Yes – I completely agree. I’ve recently read The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Wood and The Vanishing Trick which definitely both have dark elements but, I agree, the hope is so important – which is why I tend to read so much middle grade!

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    1. Oh my goodness, this one sounds fun. I’m so glad you’ve chosen it as I hadn’t heard of it – added to my TBR. Your review is wonderful. There is another one – Mickey and the Trouble with Moles.


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