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Hello Hello! How are you?

I’m finding my blogging groove again and I’m so happy to be writing this post today. I’ve been struggling with reading and really getting lost in books in the past two months, but I know I can always count on middle-grade books to captivate me and make me forget the world, even if it’s just for a little while!

I’m excited to tell you what book we will be reading in August – spoiler, the cover is GORGEOUS – keep on reading!!

But first, let’s see where we got to with our July book!

In July, the Middle Grade Marvels have been reading The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, and I think we can all agree that this is a great book! I have the final section to read for our discussion on Saturday, but I am just loving it so much. What I like the most are the little stories that appear every few chapters. They make the book feel a bit like a fairy tale. I also have to say that it’s both whimsical/magical and dark – so a proper winter read! I can’t wait to continue and finish this book, and I know I’ll be picking up more books by this author soon!

If you don’t know what this book club is, head over to my announcement post here, Noly’s announcement post here, and Holly’s announcement post here. If you are interested in joining our book club on Twitter or Goodreads, you can find all the information you need for March in the pinned tweet at @GradeMarvels.

The August BOTM information Tweet has been published and pinned, so you may already know that in August we will be reading Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

I have to admit that I have never seen this book about, but I don’t know how that is possible because the cover is gorgeous, and the blurb sounds great. I feel like we will all go on an adventure as we read this book. This book club has been great for discovering new titles and authors, and this is such a case, I can’t wait to start it!

Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm are devastated to learn that their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris, the southernmost point in the world. To make matters worse, the Lontown Geographical Society finds Ernest Brightstorm guilty of sabotaging the expedition of his competitor, Eudora Vane, a respected and powerful member of the Society.

But then a mysterious clue leads the twins to question the story they’ve been told. Joining the ragtag crew of the Aurora, a homemade sky-ship captained by the intrepid Harriet Culpepper, Arthur and Maudie race to South Polaris to salvage their family’s reputation.

As the sky-ship sets sail, the twins must keep their wits about them if they are to uncover the truth about what happened on their father’s doomed expedition, and to prove themselves worthy explorers. 

Brightstorm is a propulsive, vividly imagined fantasy adventure set among vibrant landscapes and peopled with dynamic and unforgettable characters.

This list includes some affiliate links. If you decide to purchase a book from one of my links, I may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here: Amazon UKAmazon FRAmazon USAbeBooksThe Book DepositoryAudible FRWaterstonesBarnes and NobleAudible UKKoboBlackwell’sWordery

If you haven’t joined our book club yet and you love reading Middle Grade books, what are you waiting for?

You can sign-up on this form to tell us if you want to discuss the book in our Twitter chat, if you will read the BOTM with us or just read something from your own TBR. Those already in the Twitter chat no longer need to sign-up, so you can sit back, relax and get ready for some great reading in August! If you are in the MGM – BOTM Twitter chat, but do not want to follow the August BOTM discussion, you are free to leave, and of course if you would like to come back in the following months, just fill out the form again, or you can just stay in there and join back in with the conversation when you are ready!

As usual, the Nominations form is still open and this is where you can nominate middle-grade books for us to read in upcoming months. And please remember to join us on Goodreads where we post our BOTM information if you are not on Twitter. We have also posted the Recommendations list and Nominations board for you on there. If you are not on Goodreads, you can find our Recommendations list here.

If you don’t want to read our BOTM for August and you can’t find anything else that takes your fancy, either on your TBR or our Recommendation list, then feel free to DM one of us (Holly, Noly, me) to ask about alternatives and ideas! And of course, you can read any Middle Grade book you have on your TBR, just let us know what you will be reading with the hashtag #MiddleGradeMarvels on Twitter!

Holly, Noly and I are so excited for the August book and we hope that you are too! Join our club if you love Middle Grade stories and want to discuss some amazing books with our amazing members! Looking forward to having you on for the ride!

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

Middle Grade Marvels Book Club links: TwitterGoodreadsRecommendations ListMonthly sign-up formNominations Form

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