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 Jessica Townsend
Illustration by Beatriz Castro
Published by Orion Children’s Books (an imprint of Hachette)

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Morrigan plastered a very large smile on her face and gave him two thumbs up.

This book in three words:


I have no idea why I’ve left it so long to read this one as I loved Nevermoor.  It has been sitting on my TBR for far too long, so I decided to pick it up and read it before the next book, Hollowpox:  The Hunt for Morrigan Crow is released in October.   

I absolutely devoured this incredible story over the weekend.  It’s a long middle-grade (404 pages) but worth absolutely every minute of reading time.

Morrigan is now a member of the Wundrous Society and hopes to have found a place where she belongs, but this proves not to be the case as Wundersmiths are feared by the Society and she is looked upon with suspicion by most of those who know her talent.  In an attempt to control Morrigan, she is not allowed to take many classes and indeed must learn about the terrible history of past Wundersmiths. 

When some members of the Wundrous Society go missing, Morrigan is determined to find and save them … but is she being manipulated by an old enemy for his own purposes?  Is wunder something to be feared, or will she be able to control it and use it for good?

The world-building is phenomenal and really immersed me in this wondrous world.  I would so love to visit the Deucalion for one of Frank’s legendary events and meet Fenestra, ride on the Brolly Rail and wander around Wunsoc.

This story is exhilarating, brimming with action, tension and some dark moments.  I loved the relationships between Morrigan and her patron, Jupiter who believes in her goodness, and with her loyal friend Hawthorne who adds some lightness to the darker tone of some of this story.

Wundersmith absolutely epitomises the wonder that comes from a story that immerses the reader in an incredible reading experience, and transports them into a world which they don’t want to leave behind.  I’m now absolutely ready for Morrigan’s next adventure …

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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