MG Takes on Thursday

his 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: Alastair Chisholm
Cover Illustration: Dan Mumford
Published by: Nosy Crow

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

The opposite wall was less than an arm’s reach away; it was like living inside an egg.

This book in three words:

SPACE, FRIENDSHIP, SECRETS

I love watching science-fiction and reading fantasy. I think this is partly because there isn’t a lot of science-fiction in middle-grade, but that seems to be changing. Orion Lost is what I call a proper old-fashioned science-fiction story, and I mean that in a good way!

 The story opens with the Earth ship, Orion, sending out a distress signal. Immediately, I was intrigued and desperate to find out what the fate of the ship was; however, the story then very cleverly moves away from this scenario and takes the reader through the events which led up to the distress signal being sent, and beyond. 

This story is brimming with twists, danger, fast-paced action and perfectly timed revelations. The writing is superbly immersive, creating a believable space setting and technical language; a complex and exciting plot; and, engaging characters who are anything but perfect.  The children are resourceful, resilient and gutsy, and learn that there is a real strength in believing in yourself, in the bonds of friendship and in working together to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. 

You can read more in my review: Orion Lost

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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