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 Jenni Spangler
Illustrated by Chris Mould
Published by Simon & Schuster

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Even the lowliest scullery maid was in bed at this hour, but he knew the rotten housekeeper, Mrs Smart, might still be waiting for him so he had to be careful.

This book in three words:


I was absolutely mesmerised by this gripping mystery, brimming with peril, eeriness and spine-tingling darkness, but also with friendship, warmth and hope.  This is a book I will be buying multiple copies of for our library as I know it will appeal to so many children.

I love everything about this story: the Victorian setting with its fascination with mediums; the sinister villain Madame Pinchbeck who is genuinely creepy; the dark magic which traps the children; the fairy tale element; and, the friendship between the three children and their determination to thwart their captor.

This is a story that will take you on an enthralling and sinister adventure, revealing secrets, twists and shocks galore along the way.  I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

You can read more about this wonderful story in my review

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!

3 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

    1. Thank you for giving this a go! My blog is dedicated to middle-grade and I wanted to do something to celebrate my first year blog anniversary – and my love of middle-grade so I came up with this meme!

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