#MGTakesOnThursday Strange Star by Emma Carroll

MG TakesonThursday
Image created by Mary Simms and used with permission.

This is a weekly meme started by Mary Simms on her brilliant Book Craic blog.

To take part, the steps to follow are:

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.

Write three words to describe the book

Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

Strange Star

Author: Emma Carroll

Illustrator: Julian De Narvaez

Publisher: Faber & Faber


Favourite sentence from Page 11: “Taking the cape and Miss Clairmont’s wet shawl, he shut the front door.”

This book in three words: Gothic, Mystery, Family

The quote above sets the scene for an evening of storytelling in a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva which will produce one of the greatest works of gothic fiction of all time. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and in the world of MG historical fiction there is no doubt in my mind that Emma Carroll rules supreme. This is my favourite of all her works: her imaginative retelling of the inspiration behind the story of Frankenstein. I urge you to read it, and then read every other book written by this incredible author.

My full review can be read here. Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Once you have read the book, you can watch this Lego stop-frame animation created by my daughter a few years ago for a school extended study project. Strange Star in Lego.  Warning: contains spoilers.

5 thoughts on “#MGTakesOnThursday Strange Star by Emma Carroll

    1. Thank you for setting up such a brilliant meme. It’s lovely to have somewhere to shout out about much loved Works of MG that are not necessarily newly published. You have introduced a little discipline into my blogging too 💜

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      1. That’s very kind! I’m now thinking about books I’ve read and loved which I haven’t reviewed – thing this might make me do some re-reading of favourites so I can shout-out about them!

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