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Hello Hello! How are you?

I say this every month but wow, September just flew by! I thought it was going to be a bit slower once I started back up at university because it’s usually quite slow to get going properly, but it seems to have picked me up and ran off with me! I’m not too proud of my reading accomplishments this month, but I read a massive book, and a few others, so I think I can give myself some slack. How has your month been?


In September, the Middle Grade Marvels book club read Keeper of the Lost Cities (#1) by Shannon Messenger, it was a really big book, actually, I think the biggest middle grade book we have tackled so far on our journey. It was really unique and I personally really enjoyed it and I’m going to be continuing the series in the coming months I hope because I really want to know more and this world is just really fascinating to me!

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 info you need for September in the pinned tweet at @GradeMarvels.



The October BOTM poll has been voted on, and the information Tweet has been published and pinned, so you may already know that in October we will be reading Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee as the BOTM.

I’ve not heard that much about this book yet, but I’m really looking forward to it as it sounds so unique. It’s described as Fantasy/Science-Fiction and it has Asian myths and spirit foxes, along with that amazing cover I just can’t help but be excited about it.



Dragon Pearl

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD MIN comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.

Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.


If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here:  Amazon UK  – Amazon FR  – Amazon US –  AbeBooks (affiliate link) – The Book Depository (affiliate link) – WaterstonesBarnes and NobleKobo



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 October! If you are in the MGM – BOTM twitter chat, but do not want to follow the October BOTM discussion, you are free to leave, and of course if you would like to come back in following months, just fill out the form again!

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. 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.

The Similar Books list for October has been posted and you can find it here, or just head over to @GradeMarvels on Twitter where all this info is in the pinned Tweet! And of course, you can read any Middle Grade book you have on your bookcase, just let us know what you will be reading with the hashtag #middlegrademarvels on Twitter!

Holly, Noly and I are so excited for the October book and we hope that you are too! Join our club if you love Middle Grade 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 ListOctober BOTM Similar Books ListMonthly Sign-up FormNominations Form

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