Helen’s Middle Grade Must Reads – October Part One

Count by Melvin Burgess

  • Illustrations by Chris Mould 
  • Published by Anderson Press on October 7th.

We all know someone who boasts, it could be over anything,  best lunch, best games console anything.  Well the children at Todley junior school have Brandon,  he’s always the best at everything.  One day his best friend mentions how well he counted but if course Brandon can do better,  he tells everyone he can count to 10 million. 

So off he goes, he goes on and on.

But will he make it to 10 million and if he does what will happen then.

This is a really funny book, and the illustrations help make this book.

I will definitely be purchasing this for my library. 

I wonder how far I can count to…

The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday

  • Published by Hachette

So one of the first middle grade books I read was The Lost Magician 

I was amazed by the quality of the story,  I loved how going into an old library could transport you to a magical world,  how all the characters who you grew up with lived together in this world. 

I loved it so much that I wished I could have lived there.  So I was delighted when I came across the follow up to the book.

The frozen sea was equally amazing,  and yes I’d still be happy living there,  the children in the first book have grown up,  and we now have Patricia’s daughter  Jewel and her companion Fizz a talking hamster as the main characters,  again we meet old favourite characters,  and some new ones, and  loved how Fizz has this attitude that  only a small hamster can get away with, this book allows you to close your eyes and imagine all the different places in this world.

World burn down by Steve Cole

  • Illustrations by Oriol Vidal
  • Published by Barrington Stoke

I love a Barrington Stoke books. They are dyslexic friendly,  the print is on coloured paper and the text is larger, and also they publish amazing stories . This is a truly unique story. It deals with deforestation and the effects on the environment.  It shows us the causes of climate change and what we can do to help.  The illustrations add to the enjoyment of the book.

Morgana Mage in the Robotic Age by Amy Bond

  • Published Chicken House

Morgana loves robots, but because she’s a witch she lives outside the village. 

When I say she’s a witch she’s not a good one, her talents lie else where. 

So when she’s given the chance to go to school she jumps at the chance,  only it’s not what she expects it to be like.

Eventually when she makes a friend  she has to work quickly to save not only her world but everyone else’s.

A heart warming book about friendship and believing in yourself.

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