This meme belongs to Book Craic who hosts it on her blog https://bookcraic.blog . Each week the aim is to celebrate Middle Grade books, those amazing books being written for 9-12 year olds. The idea is that you choose a book, post a picture of the cover and also show the publisher and illustrator. Then turn to page 11 and find your favourite sentence on that page. After that, describe the book in three words ( I always find this really hard) and finally, write your review or post a link to your review of the book. Simples!!!!
The book I am celebrating this week is one that I picked up from my library. This is unusual as the one thing I would complain about Leics libraries is their lack of up to date M G fiction. However, The Weather Weaver was sitting on a shelf so I bought it home to read and loved it.
My favourite sentence from page 11
Mum glanced at Stella and raised her eyebrows very slightly but a horrible shyness had snuck up and glued Stella’s mouth shut.
Three words to describe this book – Magic, family, adventure
Stella has to go and spend 6 weeks on the Shetland Isles with her grandfather while her parents work away. She isn’t happy about being away from her parents but does have fond memories of her grandparents and her life on Shetland some years ago. However,, Stella’s grandfather is not coping well with the death of his wife and is nothing like the grandfather Stella remembers. She can’t seem to do anything right and storms out of the cottage one day. This is when her stay on the island takes a completely different turn. She meets a mysterious woman who strangely, is expecting her and ends up with her own personal cloud.
The story that follows is one of adventure and magic as Stella and Tamar, with the help of Nimbus the cloud, have to save the island from the weather witch. It’s also one of coming to terms with bereavement as Stella’s grandfather comes to terms with the death of his wife. I loved the story and it should appeal to a wide range of children. The character of Nimbus adds an element of fun to the story but there is enough adventure and excitement to appeal to those who want something more serious.
This is a great book by Tamsin Mori and I also love the jamjar illustrations that begin every chapter. I was also interested in the publisher too which is based at the University of Central Lancashire. What a great idea to get students involved in the publishng process.