This is the new weekly meme from BookCraic celebrating amazing middle-grade books. I hope others will enjoy taking part in this too, it is so much fun!

How to take part:

  • Post a picture of the 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. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week, I’m celebrating …

Written by Alex Bell, Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic, Published by Faber

My favourite sentence from Page 11 is “Stella saw Felix’s fingers shake slightly as he fumbled with the clasp, and before she knew what she was doing she was on her feet, scattering the fairies, who tumbled to the floor in an indignant heap.”

Three words to describe this book: Adventurous, Dangerous, Friendship

My Mini Review:

Stella Starflake Pearl is back and I couldn’t be happier! She is a bold, fearless but kind character and she has delighted me since first meeting her back in The Polar Bear Explorers Club. Her adventures are legendary as are her powers and her background. A fascinating trilogy and one I would highly recommend for anyone aged 9+.

We catch up with Stella and Felix as they are expelled from the club. They are banned from expeditions but Shay is in danger and they must find the stolen spellbook in order to save him. Crossing the legendary and cursed Black Ice Bridge is their only choice. It certainly won’t be easy and they will meet many who wish them ill on their journey but what adventure would it be without creatures, Princesses and a Gentleman Flamingo, who just might be my favourite character in this book!

Of particular fascination in this book are the rules from the lost ladies of Swan Island…my favourite is “Laugh as long and as hard as possible, wherever possible, and preferably until tears run down your beak”.

Read this series from start to finish and I fully expect you will love it!

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