MG Takes on Thursday

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 …

Written by Stephanie Burgis
Illustrator: Freya Hartas
Published by Bloomsbury

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

The problem would be the shadow that stretched behind my best friend’s small, fierce, human body … the shadow that grew larger and larger as I watched, spreading across the market stalls and the brick wall behind her, until it loomed over the entire market hall, with its massive tail lashing in anger and its giant jaws opening wide.

This book in three words:


I adored Aventurine’s story in The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart in which she becomes firm friends with the brilliant Silke, whose story I was very keen to know more about so I was very excited to read The Girl with the Dragon Heart which centres on Silke …

This is a truly wonderful story which I read in one sitting, completely captured by Silke and engrossed in the narrative:  filled with excitement, fast-paced action and wonderful characters. 

Silke is an incredibly sympathetic character who has suffered great loss, and has worked hard to make a new life for herself. She is fiercely independent, clever and has a way with words that sees her talk herself out of many tricky situations … but also into a few!  However, the Silke she shows her friends – the bright smile and quick wit – is not her true self as she is hiding deep pain and loss. 

When her past catches up with her in an unexpected way, she finds herself having to make incredibly difficult choices … can Silke strike a bargain with the fairy King and Queen that will save the Kingdom, and herself?

This is a real treat of a story – just like a mug of the best chilli-infused hot chocolate:  heart-warming, rich and completely satisfying – with a kick!

You can read my full review of this superb magical adventure HERE.

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!

7 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

      1. Wow! I do love a signed book. It’s so wonderful that you have given you daughter these fantastic opportunities to meet authors. I try really hard to get authors into school as it always has a huge impact on the children, and I don’t think too many get the chance to meet authors.

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    1. This is one of my favourite series. The second one is deeper than the first. It could be read as a stand-alone. I think you’d really love Silke – her story is really good and she’s such a well-developed character.

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