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Every Thursday, the aim is to promote the brilliant middle grade books we all love so much! There are a few steps needed to participate…

Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.

Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence from that page. Choose three words to describe the book. Share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

I have recommended some firm favourites and through reading other blogs, have added a considerable number of books to my TBR pile. It is getting harder to decide which to highlight each week as there are so many brilliant books, authors and illustrators I want to shout about.

The Lifters by Dave Eggers

Illustrations by Aaron Renier, Published by Scholastic

Three Words to describe this book- mysterious, dangerous, fascinating

My favourite sentence from page 11- “but the front door of this house in Carousel creaked like an old man waking from a thousand-year slumber.”

A mini-review…

I was immediately drawn to the idea of “mysterious forces…tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes.” Granite Flowerpot and his family move to the town of Carousel.

Chapter One, in its entirety says, “Gran did not want to move to Carousel”. I love the short bursts of chapters. There are 113 chapters but they are short, snappy and so easy to devour. This would make an incredible class book!A town sinking, a boy called Gran and working together to lift the town out of danger. Fascinating!

Gran and Catalina form a lifting duo, striving to save Carousel from The Hollows which are devouring the town from the earth up. Sinkholes are everywhere and anything from hockey sticks to surfboards are being used to prop the town up. Is it enough? Can they save the town?

This is honestly one of my new favourite books. The short chapters make it easy to read, the fast paced plot races along and the characters are brave, determined and hard to ignore.


  1. This sounds incredible – you had me at the sentence on page 11! I love short chapters too – perfect for read aloud. What brilliant character names. Another one that I’ve just had to get!


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