M G Takes on Thursday

This brilliant meme belongs to to Book Craic who hosts it on her blog here . Each week the aim is to celebrate Middle Grade books, those amazing books being written for 9-12 year olds. The idea is that you choose a book, post a picture of the cover and also show the publisher and illustrator. Then turn to page 11 and find your favourite sentence on that page. After that, describe the book in three words ( I always find this really hard) and finally, write your review or post a link to your review of the book. What could be easier especially as there are so many fabulous books being published at the moment?

This week I’m celebrating the latest book, The Crackledawn Dragon, by one of my favourite children’s writers, Abi Elphinstone. I was actually introduced to her books by one of my Year 6 pupils years ago who was reading The Dreamsnatcher. She lent the book to me and ever since then, I’ve been hooked by Abi’s writing.

The Crackledawn Dragon by Abi Elphinstone Published by Simon and Schuster

My favourite quote from page 11He left the bustle of restaurants and bars behind him and turned into sleepy side roads lining closed parks, until the neighbourhood began to fray and become a less-visited sort of place.

This book in three words – Adventure, Magical, Hope

“Sometimes all you need to save the world is a dusting of courage”

Zebedee is an orphan who has been shunted from foster home to foster home for all of his 11 years. He is currently running away from his latest unhappy placement when he discovers an abandoned theatre in the heart of New York. He hides away and finds a piano. Music is something he has a real, almost magical, talent for and he plays the piano at night when nobody can hear. However, he is heard, first of all by Fox Petty Squabble, heroine of one of Abi’s previous books, and then by the Morg, an evil harpy.

The Morg persuades Zeb to help her enter Crackledawn with the intention of finding the Ember Scroll which she can use to destroy the world. Once there, Zeb discovers that Morg plans to kill him once he has retrieved the scroll for her. Magic then plays a part and he tumbles into the ocean to be rescued by Oonie and her companion Mrs Fickletint who just happens to be a chameleon. Then follows a chase through the kingdom of Crackledawn as Zeb and his new companions race the Morg to be the first ones to discover the Ember scroll.

This is the final book in the Unmapped Chronicles series and it is every bit as good as the previous books. Zeb is a sad, lonely boy who has learned never to trust any one as they always let him down. At first, this seems to be happening again but gradually he learns that some people can be trusted and that he does actually matter. The world of the Unmapped Chronicles is brilliantly described and contains such wonders as rock gnomes and kraken, an unopenable purse that is full of magical objects and of course dragons.

I absolutely loved this book and am sorry that we probably won’t be visiting the Unmapped Kingdoms again.


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.

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