This is my new weekly meme celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too!

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 …

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Written by Anna Fargher
Illustrated by Sam Usher

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Hastily clambering out of their nest and down the pole of the Hanway umbrella, Papa expertly hopped and jumped along its metal stretchers to meet Pip, wrapping his tail around the end of one of its metal ribs to peer out from under the canopy on to shop floor.

This book in three words:


The Umbrella Mouse is one of my favourite books EVER with animal characters. I am currently reading Pip’s second adventure, Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue which is just as brilliant. Pip is a young mouse who has lost her family during the horror of the Second World War. Her only connection to them is the antique umbrella which was their home.

Pip finds herself joining Churchill’s Secret Animal Army, an underground animal resistance movement, and so begins her daring mission to help the Allied powers, a mission which takes her to war-torn France … where she is caught up in the brutality of the war alongside her French Counterparts, Noah’s Ark

This is an absolutely amazing adventure story, full of action, tension and heroic deeds, interspersed with the building of heart-warming friendships. The illustrations by Sam Usher are just gorgeous.

You can read more about this wonderful story in my review: The Umbrella Mouse

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!

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