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 Abi Elphinstone
Published by Simon & Schuster

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Because friendships, and all the complicated emotions and unpredictable feelings that came with them, had proved to be nothing other than disastrous for Casper in the past.

This book in three words:


I absolutely love the Unmapped Chronicles series. There is something very magical about Abi’s writing which envelops you completely in her glorious worlds with the most brilliant characters, narrative and settings.

Casper Tock is living in Faraway (our World), which is being devastated by very unusual weather conditions.  He is trying to escape from school bullies when he inadvertently unlocks the way to Rumblestar, one of the Unmapped Kingdoms, which is being threatened by an old enemy. 

There he meets the irrepressible, and brilliantly named, Utterly Thankless who promptly arrests him … and shortly after rescues him.  And so begins their incredible adventure into The Beyond where they meet magical creatures including the delightfully creepy drizzle hags and the kind-hearted, new-age snow trolls. 

Their daring mission to attempt to save both their worlds is full of fast-paced action, tension which ebbs and flows with magical ease interspersed with humour and the realisation of a deep friendship.

This is a real marvel of a story:  an enchanting read, brimming with adventure, nuggets of wisdom and a testament to the power of friendship.  

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!

7 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

      1. I don’t know how you do it! There’s no way I’d have managed to read and blog alongside teaching!
        I struggle for time too, so weeks when I’m organised it’s OK but when I lose track I have no chance!


      2. I can’t read as much during the week any more, but I do love a reading weekend! I tend to be in school at 7:15am and get home after 6pm so I can get as much as I can done in school. I then work later on a Friday evening to get prepped for following week THEN I have the weekend off which is perfect – I read and write blog posts! Perfect relaxation for me! I’m counting down to half term! 😂

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