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Hello Hello! How are you all?

I am so thrilled to be writing this post today because, in May, the Middle Grade Marvels will be celebrating our one year anniversary of our book club, amazing reads and amazing chats with our fab Marvels friends! We all think that the BOTM pick for May is going to be fabulous, and such a perfect choice for our celebratory month.

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

The month, the Middle Grade Marvels have been reading The Gallery of Wonders by Marc Remus, the first book in the Magora series. Unfortunately, I did not like this book at all, and I had to DNF it.

As soon as I started reading this book, I honestly wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into. It starts with some very triggering content for the age group it is aimed at, and for me (this is only my opinion of course), it just got worse and worse. I don’t want to bash the book or the author, but I just felt that this was a poorly written book, there were too many ideas, it was too close to Harry Potter and I just found so many elements weird. So this was not a book for me, as you can tell.

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 May BOTM information Tweet has been published and pinned, so you may already know that in May we will be reading City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, the first book in the Cassidy Blake series.

I read this first book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, but then for some reason, I didn’t continue the series. I’m really happy that this book won the BOTM vote for May as it is our 1 year anniversary, and I think it will be a fantastic read to celebrate that. And here’s to the next year of the Middle Grade Marvels book club and great MG reads.

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here: Amazon UKAmazon FRAmazon USAbeBooksThe Book DepositoryAudible FRBarnes and NobleAudible UKScrib’dBlackwell’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 May! If you are in the MGM – BOTM Twitter chat, but do not want to follow the May 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 give us your nominations, 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 May 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 May 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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