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: Damaris Young
Cover Illustration: Kelsey Buzzell
Published by: Scholastic

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

“Would you stake your life on it?”

This book in three words:


This was one of my absolute favourite reads from last year. I loved the fact that it had a pet goat as I had one as a child too!

The Switching Hour is an absolutely captivating, spine-tingling read imbued throughout with an underlying sense of danger in an environment of stifling heat, inspired by the landscape of Southern Africa.  The writing is exquisite and lyrical and took me on the most incredible journey of fear, awe and heartbreak, but also let me see the incredible bravery and strength of others in the face of seeming hopelessness and abject loss … this really is a story to be devoured in a single sitting. 

You can read the rest of my review here.

I was beyond excited to see that Damaris’ second book, The Creature Keeper is due to be published in November, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on it. And it’s just in time for my birthday!

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. A pet goat! (In theory, I love this… However, I lived next door to a farm with goats when I was young. There was a young kid (goat) that was the terror of the little kids (children), including me. It has scarred me for life. But a book goat… I think I can handle that!)

    The setting of Southern Africa also sounds interesting to me. Thanks for featuring this one 🙂

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      1. I think I’d love this, I have no idea why I’ve not got to it still! I might pretend November’s is a sequel judt to kick myself up the bum with this one😂

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