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 Sibeal Pounder
Cover Illustration by Sarah Warburton
Published on 29th October

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

It looked like she’d been all over London picking up stray bits of Christmas.

This book in three words:


For my last MG Takes on Thursday, I’m celebrating one of my favourite Christmas books which I have loved reading to my class who adored it just as much as I did!

If you thought you knew the origins of Santa Claus, think again!  Bursting with warmth, humour, friendship and adventure, Tinsel is an absolute joyous story, and one I loved reading to my class who adored it. I loved that some couldn’t wait for me to finish it, so got their own copy. One boy in my class even told our Book Penpal author that this was his favourite book this year.

This story completely entranced me, wrapping me in a cosy blanket of warmth and joy as I adventured with Blanche to a magical and snowy North Pole.  I met wonderful new friends (the many Carols and Eggnog the fir tree are joyous – and they gave me so many laughs!).  I discovered just how easily the truth of Santa’s origins have been misunderstood:  a mean-spirited villain with a penchant for controlling the news, tinsel-mail, and just a little completely unintentional elfish error …

Tinsel is a perfect read to snuggle up with at Christmas and I have no doubt will fill every reader with festive cheer:  heart-warming friendships, exciting adventure, wonderfully funny, and a brilliantly imagined origin story with such inventive twists on many Christmas traditions.  Bliss!

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!

As this will be my last post before Christmas, I’d just like to wish everyone who has visited my Blog over the year a wonderfully relaxing Christmas/holiday period.

5 thoughts on “MG Takes on Thursday

    1. Please don’t apologise – it’s lovely that you take time to take part in this. There’s been a couple of weeks when I haven’t had the energy or time to post. I can’t believe we’re so close to 2021! Hope you have a relaxing rest of 2020 and a wonderful 2021!

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