Forgotten Faves: MG edition

Hello!

How are we all today?

Today, I thought I would share with you some of my “forgotten” faves.

What is a “forgotten fave” I hear you say?

For me, a “forgotten fave” is a book that I loved reading that I don’t really ever talk about because there are 70294723940 books that instantly come to mind when I am asked for a recommendation. They’re those quietly loved books. They’re the books you love talking about when people are reading them, but they don’t come to mind instantly. They’re the books that you JUMP about when you see someone else recommending them. They’re the books that get forgotten, but that you love so.

Why am I taking to my blog and sharing my forgotten faves?

I think it’s important that books aren’t forgotten about. There are SO MANY BOOKS that are recommended to us and they’re usually either BRAND NEW BOOKS or they’re books that are recommended over and over again. It’s important that we remember books that were published more than the past few months. I am the most guilty about shouting about books that are BRAND NEW because they’re at the forefront of my mind, so this is my way of saying hello and I love you again to the books I read a while ago that I loved.

So here we go, today I’m taking on my middle grade forgotten faves (or at least 10 of them!)

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A Girl Called Owl (and all of Amy Wilson’s books tbf) is full of magic, friendship and beauty. This is one of those books that just give you a tap of magic that remains with you forever.

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A Boy Called Hope is a gorgeous book. It’s one of those wonderful warm, funny and quirky books that comes along. I remember reading it in the sunshine and thinking “this is gorgeous, but also a little sad”. Canny Dan and his search to find his Dad

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A Darkness of Dragons is an amazing story – a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Anyone who loves a folktale and a brave main character will be gripped by this. I properly loved it and I can’t wait for the second book!

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A Place Called Perfect. Man, this book. I think it’s one of the best kids, spooky, mysterious books around. I devoured this book in a matter of hours AND then the sequel too. I miss these characters, I do hope there will be more!

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I truly believe this is one of those books that is NOT talked about enough. I devoured Storm Witch quickly. It’s an incredible tale of coming of age, identity and belonging. I would LOVE to be a Storm Witch, but I truly believe I am not cool enough for a title like that hah!

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This book was an absolute delight to read! Imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory met Bugsy Malone – that’s what you get here. Candy sees a world where sweets have been banned and there is a black market for them. I just adored this.

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The Buried Crown is a brilliant historical book. It’s got amazing characters and a memorable plot! Who wouldn’t want to read a story about a young man trying to protect the crown from Hitler?

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I read The Company of Eight almost 2 years ago now and I STILL recommend it to people. It’s one of those fantastic fantasy adventure story with old-London themes, pirates and mysterious spies. Totally one that younger me loved (grown up me absolutely did!)

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When I first read Eye of the North, I was blown away. This is the best kind of adventure. It’s filled with messages about being brave and being kind. If you’re after something with wonderful main characters, family secrets and pretty terrifying villains, you can not go wrong with this!

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Another wonderful mystery story that I don’t talk about enough. The Goodly and Grave series is a firm favourite in mine – I love seeing a new book announced. This series is a brilliant tale of magic, mystery and menacing characters.

And there you go! Ten of my “forgotten faves” for now!

If you’d like to share your forgotten faves, please do! I’d love to see some of the lesser talked about books being shown some love!

See you soon!

S x

BOOKBLOG: Lara Williamson

A Boy Called Hope – made me cry in the very best way. 

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“I’m Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon. I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me.”

I had heard so many brilliant things about this book via the tweachers in my life that I knew I needed to get on it as soon as I could. I was very lucky that the lovely Stevie over at Usborne offered to send me a copy! Thanks Stevie! I took Dan Hope in his book into Newcastle for a bit of reading in the sunshine and it was an experience! 

A Boy Called Hope tells the story of Dan and his roller coaster relationship with father figures. He wants his dad back. His dad left to go be with another woman and all of a sudden his dad is on TV and Dan thinks that now is his chance to have his dad back in his life. All of this is happening and Dan is having to deal with his best friend insisting on him trusting her relic of a saint and his other best friend falling out with him. Dan has an incredible big sister, Grace. She meddles in his grand plan and wants Dan to have nothing to do with their estranged father. 

While all of this happens – Dan trying to get on with school, combatting his emotions with seeing his dad on TV, getting on with his sister – Dan’s mum has a new friend (Big Dave) and Grace does not trust him. They end up meddling and getting the wrong end of the stick in a big way. Dan gets from Big Dave what he doesn’t from his dad. Their relationship made me cry the most. I absolutely loved it. 

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It’s funny watching the world unravel through the eyes of a child and Lara has done it perfectly here. There were bits that made me laugh. Parts that made me cry. Unexpected twists. Brilliant friendships portrayed. Tough emotions dealt with. This book touches on some sensitive issues but deals with them so brilliantly. They’re definitely looked after well

I would totally recommend this book for KS2 classes. It would be a brilliant class reader too. It would create some brilliant talking points. I absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to read more books by Lara Williamson now… if they’re anything like this one, then I may have found another “must buy” author!

Have you read A Boy Called Hope?
What did you think of Big Dave?
Can you recommend any other kids books you loved this summer?

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter! I will take all of the recommendations! 

S x