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 Jason Reynolds
Cover Illustration by Selom Sunu
Published by Knights Of

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

I sat with my feet spread apart so that I could spit the sunflower-seed shells on the ground between them.

This book in three words:


I read this absolutely stunning story as part of Believathon at the end of last year, and boy, does it tear at the heartstrings!

This is the incredibly uplifting story of a young teenager, Ghost (Castle Cranshaw) who has had a very difficult, heart-breaking start in life, yet through his strength and resilience and the support of some important role models in his life, turns a corner which sees him giving himself the opportunity to realise his potential.

This is a story that I would highly recommend: you can read my review 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!

6 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

  1. Lovely review of this excellent book Mary 💜 Sorry that I didn’t manage a post this week, it been particularly busy on the google classrooms and I have had to get away from my screen in the evenings!


    1. Thank you! I sympathise- we set work on Seesaw and spend the day responding to children’s work as well as recording lessons when I’m in school. It’s good to get away from the screen for a while!

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