MG Takes On Thursday – The House of Hidden Wonders

Welcome to another MG Takes On Thursday. This meme was created by Mary at Book Craic so please go and check her blog out.

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.

Today I am showcasing The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling.

The House of Hidden Wonders by [Sharon Gosling]

Favourite sentence from page 11

“Miss Zinnie!” exclaimed Arthur Conan Doyle, standing in the centre of his study with the silver watch she’d just given him dangling from his hand like a pendulum.

The book in three words

Historical, diverse, mysterious.

This was an exciting read that takes you on a great adventure through the streets of Edinburgh! I found it really easy to become absorbed in and the writing style had such a quirky, fun element to it that made me so eager to carry on reading. The setting of the book is just wonderful and one that I haven’t read about much in Middle Grade. I visited Edinburgh a few years ago and loved it, so it was great to read about this wonderful city. The diversity within The House of Hidden Wonders is next to none, and something that has been solely needed in Middle Grade for a while now. We have own voices rep, disability rep and great female rep, and I was all for it! The one that stood out the most was the disability representation. We learn that one of the characters has Down’s Syndrome and what I like about it was that most of the characters within the story treated them exactly the same as others. The House of Hidden Wonders was an enjoyable, action packed read full of secrets and surprise. If you end up reading this you will find yourself drawn in and captivated by it’s historical, diverse feel.

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