Monday, February 21, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - The Edge Chronicles

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance. Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week:

The Edge Chronicles
by 
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell



 Goodreads Blurb:
Thirteen-year-old Twig always knew he was different. When his wood troll mother tells him he isn't a wood troll and that she found him as a baby, Twig begins to wonder about who he really is and where he came from. He visits a wood troll family member and runs into trouble almost immediately as he strays from the path. 

Twig has a number of strange encounters, especially a dangerous and terrifying one with a tree. The Deepwoods is populated with all manner of weird and quirky characters, not the least of which are trees and rocks that float when heated, sky pirates, and the most horrible creature of all–the gloamglozer. -- Charli Osborne

I read this one a few years ago because my then-5th-grader insisted. He's in 8th grade now, but he still loves these books. He read them all and would have kept reading if there were more. 

I enjoyed the first book very much, but I didn't finish the series--so many books, so little time!  However, I can testify to their popularity with young fantasy readers.

Happy Monday! 
 

28 comments:

Myrna Foster said...

I really liked these, except for the death toll. These authors aren't afraid to kill their characters.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved the post as usual.

Have a good day.

Yvonne.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Your little one insisted? How cute!

salarsenッ said...

Sounds interesting and different. Thanks for the share.

Diane said...

I've never heard of them. My daughter doesn't seem to love sci-fi like her mama does. :O)

Tamika: said...

What a vivid story premise:) My brain does not have this kind of imagination!

Zan Marie said...

Hi and Happy Monday to you, too! I'm a crusader looking into all the other blogs. I love yours. See you around.

Shari said...

These sound interesting. I'll keep them in mind.

Also, don't hate me, but I had dinner Friday night with James Dashner.

Tracy said...

Alas, I am so not current on what makes good middle-grade. Might be a nice thing to get into my head for when I have middle-graders of my own, no?

First spring training game in ONE WEEK! Woot woot!

Angela Ackerman said...

I will have to make a list of all the Mid grage monday recs. I was just in Chapters yesterday, staring at the bazillions of books, trying to remember the ones you and Shannon II both have blogged about!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like a fun book to read. Do you know how many books are in the series. I know, you said you didn't read them all. Just wondering.

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the review. Happy MG Monday!

Meredith said...

Aw, a little troll? Too cute!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for your thoughts on this. Always appreciate insight from an amigo! :)

Deb said...

Read it, loved it. And the whole series is one of my book club boys ALL TIME favorites. Great review, thanks!

Joanne Fritz said...

That's funny. I also read just the first book. Someday I'll get to the others.

I linked to your blog from my own MMGM post today.

Ben Langhinrchs said...

I almost hesitate to read this, having just written two MG troll novels myself that are in the midst of revisions. Still, it sounds like fun.

I have an MMGM post as well, and have linked to yours and others. Thanks for being part of this great idea.

Jen Daiker said...

You are the reason I love Mondays. Thank you.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

What a fantastic post - so glad I stumbled across your blog! New follower:)

Jemi Fraser said...

I love when kids insist we read certain books! They're always right :)

Heather said...

He still loves them after three years?! Wow, now that's staying power. They must be great books! Thank you for introducing us to them!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

It sounds like a fascinating story world. No wonder your child liked it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Catherine Denton said...

I haven't seen this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I love your Middle Grade Mondays. :D

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

New to me! Looks like one to look out for when my toddler gets a little older. Fun book, Shannon!

Alison Stevens said...

This is a new one for me, too. What a fascinating story! I'll have to check it out.

Hi from a fellow crusader. (I have sick kids at home, so I'm very late getting around to everyone, sorry!)

Carolyn V said...

Yay! I love it!

I went to a conference and met a few authors that made me think of you. <3 I totally wanted to get you their signatures.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! cool review. for me im not sure i could like that book mostly cause its not getting me feeling much excited to read it. i gotta think on if its going on my wanna read list.
...hugs from lenny

Cleverly Inked said...

I can see how these would be popular.

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