New feature: #MGTakesOnThursday

It will be my blogiversary on 11th April which also happens to be my wedding anniversary!  Six years of marriage, and one year of blogging! At least I’ll always remember my blogiversary although, on reflection, I do wonder why I started a blog on this date! I wanted some way of marking this occasion, so I’ve made a decision to be brave and introduce something new to my blog …

So, what have I decided to do?

I started my blog after re-igniting my love for reading, and the books I love are most definitely middle-grade.  I have been thinking for a while about what I’d like to do to celebrate both my blogiversary, and my love of middle-grade books, so I’m taking a chance on trying introducing something new … even if I’m the only one who takes part!

I’ve decided to start a weekly feature to celebrate and recommend middle-grade books.  It is called Middle-Grade Takes on Thursday and is, quite simply, a celebration of middle-grade children’s books. I’d love if others could take part in this feature!

How do I join in with #MGTakesOnThursday?

I hope this will be a straightforward and enjoyable feature to take part in, and that it brings some attention to some great middle-grade books. If you would like to use the banner I’ve created (through Canva), please feel free to use it.

The steps to take part are below.

  • 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.

I’d love if anyone who wants to give this 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!

Right, I’m going to road test this, and give it a go!

Author: Dominique Valente
Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
Publisher: Harper Collins

Favourite Sentence from Page 11:

Willow had answered a knock on the attic window only to find herself confronted by a rather grumpy oak tree with a face carved deep within its trunk.

This book in three words:

MAGICAL, ADVENTUROUS, HUMOROUS

Everyone, regardless of age, should treat themselves to this heart-warming, enchanting story filled with adventure, warmth and humour:  a treasure of a story that sparkles with a special kind of magic that captures and holds the reader under its spell! Read more in my review.

How did I do? Is this a feature you would like to take part in?