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 …


Author: Vashti Hardy
Cover Illustration: George Ermos   
Publisher: Scholastic

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

“Prue took a deep breath, pushed all the doubt down into the pit of her stomach, and started walking.”

This book in three words:


Wildspark is one of my absolute favourite middle-grade books.  The story-telling is incredible and took me on a thrilling adventure full of twists that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I really, really hope that the author returns to this world.

Prue is overwhelmed by grief at the devastating loss of her older brother Francis.  But what if she could find a way to bring her adored brother back? A seemingly chance encounter with Craftsman Primrose from the Imperial Personifate Guild of Medlock offers her just that as he offers her an apprenticeship.

Once apprenticed, she is determined to use her superb engineering talent to bring her brother back into her life.  How?  The Guild have perfected the ability to bring people back from the dead and place them in the bodies of animal personifates, but they have no memories of their previous lives.  Can Prue bring her brother back with his memories intact?

It is not long before Prue and her friends, Agapantha and Edwin (who is the first personificate apprentice) make some startling discoveries which lead them on an action-packed adventure to save the City of Medlock – but who is the enemy?  What terrors lurk in the depths of the forest?  The tension is palpable as the plot twists thicken, the threat increases, loyalties are questioned, and heart-breaking decisions have to be made.

This is an absolute must read book which I cannot recommend highly enough.  You can read my full 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!


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