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Hello Hello! How are you?

As you know, May and June were crazy months for me because of my thesis and starting my internship, but things are starting to calm down and I’m making my way back to blogging! I can’t wait to tell you all about the BOTM pick for July, so keep on reading!

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

In June, the Middle Grade Marvels read Malamander by Thomas Taylor, the first book in The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series. And it was amazing! I loved every minute of this book and I really missed my MG reading in May, so glad I got to squeeze this one in during June. It was a tad dark but very magical, whimsical, and so unique. It is definitely a bit of a nautical one, but the writing style was just great and I am definitely going to be continuing this series, I have very high hopes for it.

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 July BOTM information Tweet has been published and pinned, so you may already know that in July we will be reading The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson.

I have seen this book about for so many years in different bookish community circles and I have always been sceptical of reading it. But now that I love middle-grade books, I am pretty much sure that I will really enjoy it, and I know that it is a very popular book, so I’m sure it is great. I can’t wait to start this one in July and I think it’s going to be very fun, quick and magical.

Book Cover

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, 12-year-old Yanka has always felt out of place in her small village. When she wakes up to find that her legs have become bear legs, she sets off into the forest to discover who she is, on a journey that takes her from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, with an ever-growing group of misfits alongside her…

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

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If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here: Amazon UKAmazon FRAmazon USAbeBooksThe Book DepositoryWaterstonesBarnes and NobleBlackwell’sBetterWorldBooksWordery

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

You can sign-up on this form to tell us where you want to discuss the book (Twitter, Goodreads), 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 July! If you are in the MGM – BOTM Twitter chat, but do not want to follow the July 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 discussions for you to join in 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 July 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 July 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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