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 Andy Sagar
Cover Illustration by Beatrice Blue
Published by Hachette/Orion Children’s Books

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Yesterday paused for a moment, listening, her fox ears twitching, urging her towards it.

This book in three words:


Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup is a magical, sparkling gem of an adventure that kept me enthralled throughout:   gorgeously heart-warming, wonderfully whimsical and completely captivating. 

Twelve-year-old Yesterday Crumb has been born with fox ears and has spent her young life imprisoned in a cage, put on show for visitors to the travelling circus where she was left as a baby.  Unbeknownst to Yesterday, her ears, which she loathes, mark her as a strangeling:  a witch who has lost her magical powers due to spending too much time in the human world.  However, all that is about to change when she meets Madrigal, a white-feathered notraven and witch’s familiar, who reveals the truth to her, and frees her. 

Yesterday follows her rescuer into the nearby forest, but loses sight of him and instead finds herself drawn to a stranger, Mr Weep, playing a violin.  When he offers her the chance to get rid of her fox ears, she finds the temptation too great, and signs a contract which places a deadly curse upon her heart.  Will she be able to break the curse before time runs out, and she finds herself at the mercy of Mr Weep?

Madrigal finds her and takes her to Dwimmerley End, THE most extraordinary teashop that moves around on its flamingo legs!  The proprietor of this wondrous establishment for faerie connoisseurs of magical tea and cakes is Miss Dumpling – a tea witch extraordinaire!  She welcomes Yesterday, and offers her an apprenticeship as a tea witch as well as her help in breaking the curse …

And so begins a truly engrossing, exciting adventure as Yesterday and her new friends race against time to find an elusive ingredient needed to break the curse; as they venture to dangerous and dark places; and, as they are thwarted by the minions of Mr Weep who is intent on taking Yesterday from her new friends.  Why is he so determined to separate Yesterday from her found family?  I loved the unexpected twists and revelations, and absolutely cannot wait for the next part of Yesterday’s story. 

The world-building is exquisite, enchanting and incredibly inventive:  it swept me into a world I didn’t want to leave – even if there are some parts I might need Yesterday’s courage to face!  I could happily see myself spending many hours of contentment in Dwimmerley End drinking an assortment of enchanted teas – and maybe a hot chocolate – and eating a varied selection of gorgeous cakes as I faerie-watch, and read a book recommended by Pepperprew, the librarian dragon.  Bliss!

Oh my!  I adored Yesterday who is a fierce young girl who shows such strength, courage and resilience.  She learns to believe in herself and accept herself just as she is.  I loved that she finds a home and family with Jack and Miss Dumpling who offer her support, love and encouragement.  Madrigal the notraven is brilliant – grumpy and sarcastic – but with a heart of gold!  Miss Dumpling is one of my favourite adults in children’s books!  She is wonderfully eccentric, welcoming and kind-hearted and just so full of goodness that she brought a smile to my face every time she spoke! 

I don’t need Clairvoyant Coffee to predict that this fantastically magical, heart-warming adventure will capture the hearts of young readers of 8+. 

Thank you to the Publishers and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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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