I bought this book because I heart the cover. Seriously, heart it. So I thought I would start the year with cover love and title love and story love too.
My MMGM pick:
The Book of Elsewhere (#1): The Shadows
by Jacqueline West
Other Books by this author:
Spellbound (The Books of Elsewhere #2) 2011
The Hook: When 11 year old Olive moves into an old mansion she discovers the house is hiding secrets and that she can enter the paintings that are stuck to its walls. She uncovers a power that wants to destroy her and the house, and it is up to her to stop the dark shadows.
Why I loved it: Characters and imagination. The story is very clever and I love the fantastical element of the paintings, Elsewhere, and the plot. The story can be a bit scary at times but it is a fabulous adventure. I haven't got to book 2 yet but want to--it is definitely on my to-buy list. This is a great book for both boys and girls. I would also recommend this to reluctant readers; the story moves quickly and should hold their attention.
Other Fabulous MMGMers:
So I'm trying to decide what books to pick for this month's middle grade mash up, what new middle grade new releases are you most excited to read?