To join in, all you need to do is:
- 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.
Today I’ve chosen one of the first MG books I read as a grown up (or certainly for a very long time). When I left teaching and stumbled into my job as a bookseller I had a good knowledge of picture books but not as much recent knowledge of older children’s fiction.
This was one of the first MG books I picked up – it was our Children’s Book Prize winner and it wasn’t hard to see why; it is definitely at least partially what got me hooked on MG!
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, cover design by Helen Crawford-White
My favourite sentence from page 11:
“Governor Adori had rebuilt it from stone, twice as big, because if his daughter was going, it had to look grander.”
This is such a gorgeous book – both visually, with its stunning cover, maps and page decor and in its lush, myth-rich island narrative.
I love maps in books, again both visually and in their use, so the main character being a cartographer’s daughter desperate but unable to follow in his footsteps really appealed.
Amidst some dark goings on on their island, Isabella’s best friend, Lupe, disappears. Undeterred by the fact that the majority of the island – and anything beyond it – are out of bounds, she sets off to find her with an old map, myths and the stars as her guide.
A tale of friendship, family, loyalty and love woven with threads of folklore, history, politics and power. Embedded in a rich and mysterious setting, both dark and beautiful in turns, this is an absolute must-read MG book for me and one those of you who know me and my tastes will be utterly unsurprised to hear I love!
Writing this has also made me think it’s time for a re-read…
three four words (sorry Mary!): maps, magic, myths mystery.