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 Ross Welford
Cover Illustration by Tom Clohosy Cole
Published by Harper Collins

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

‘I, erm … I just thought … I was wondering, you know, if … erm …’ Iggy’s not normally like this, but he’s not normally normal anyway, and besides, nothing’s normal at the moment.

This book in three words:


I absolutely love watching science-fiction, and would love to see more middle-grade science-fiction stories, so when this one came along, I was very eager to read it – just wow!

This is a completely absorbing science-fiction read which is very cleverly written in four parts from a dual narrative with extra information being presented as newspaper reports.   The short chapters kept me wanting just one more chapter – a genuinely compulsive read! 

The story opens with a news report about missing 12-year-old Tamara (Tammy) Tait from the small village of Kielder.  It then switches to another planet with the shocking revelation that a young girl is being exhibited in a ‘human zoo.’ One of the inhabitants there, Hellyann, makes a dangerous and courageous decision that changes many lives … and leads to an incredible adventure …

There is so much opportunity for discussion based on this story from exploring themes of loss, grief, family and friendship to an exploration of animal and human rights, activism and the nature of society, not to mention the belief in the existence of alien life forms! 

This is a compellingly gripping action-packed, heart-warming adventure: 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!

10 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

  1. It sounds so good! I have books by Ross Welford on my tbr but I haven’t actually read any of them. I don’t think this one is on there though.
    Have you read Time Travel with a hamster by any chance?

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    1. I think you’d enjoy it! I totally understand the long term TBR – I have so many books I want to read! Teaching is definitely taking its toll on my ability to read during the week – the tiredness is having an impact! Hope your course is going well.

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      1. Thanks Mary. I know what you mean about the tiredness which seems to have hit very early this term. I don’t know if it’s the underlying level of stress or the fumes from the gallons of hand sanitiser and cleaning spray being used! Take care😊

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