MG takes on Thursday (or Friday)

This meme belongs to Book Craic on her blog https://book/craic.blog/2021/06/17/mg-takes-on-thursday-42. The idea is to celebrate middle grade fiction. I’ve just bought a few new books for my class so it seemed like a good chance to share my feelings about them.

The book I want to celebrate this week is

Shark Caller by Zillah Bethel. Illustrated by Saara Soderlund. Published by Usborne

Sadly, I can’t choose my favourite sentence from page 11 as it is a picture so instead I went for page 21:

But this is a place of silence and no words are ever spoken.

Three words to describe this book would be:

Friendship, Courage, Emotive (definitely tears in my eyes at the end)

I had seen this book recommended on Twitter and took it to read on my residential trip last week. It’s the story of an unlikely friendship between a girl who has never left her island home in Papua New Guinea and a girl from America. The culture clash between the two causes them to dislike each other but as they get to know one another, they discover that despite ,their differences, they have a lot in common.

It’s a powerful story of friendship and family ties as well as understanding another culture very different from your own as well as being a fantastic adventure story. It also packs a huge emotional punch at the end. I loved it and it definitely brought a tear to my eye at the end.

Definitely a story for every upper KS2 classroom

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Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

One thought on “MG takes on Thursday (or Friday)”

  1. Thank you for taking part! This is a fantastic read which I absolutely loved – one of my favourite MG reads ever! I’m so glad you enjoyed it too!

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