“Some people see a bookshop as an archive, or a shrine, or even a time machine. But I think a bookshop is like a map of the world. There are infinite paths you can take through it and none of them are right or wrong. Here in a bookshop we give readers landmarks to help them find their way, but every reader has to learn to set their own compass.”
Eleven year old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.
One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of book wandering – crossing over from the page into real life.
With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined the solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.
What a wonderful book. I absolutely love the premise of this book, it is so magical and unique. I just love this book. It is such an easy story to dive into and be absorbed in from start to finish. Make sure you set enough time aside to read this book because once you are immersed into the world that Anna James has created you will not want to put it down. This is the type of book that you will devour within one sitting without meaning too.
I love middle grade books, but I adore those that take me back to my childhood and make me feel like a child again. I just felt like I was Tilly, and I was the one going on the adventure. Obviously, I was sad when I was bought straight back into the real world. I want to be a book wanderer!
I love that parts of this book were based around Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Whilst I hadn’t read Anne of Green Gables, I could certainly appreciate some of the references and I could definitely appreciate those from Alice in Wonderland. Imagine being able to dive into Alice in Wonderland and live the story. THIS NEEDS TO BE A THING. My favourite thing about this is that I was able to dive into the story of A Little Princess. This was and still is one of my favourite ever classics. I remember being a child and watching it over and over again on my built in VHS in my television. I couldn’t tell you how many times I watched the film so to see it involved in this book really tugged at my heart strings. I LOVE IT.
I love the morals of friendships and family that are portrayed in this book. No matter what we all stick together and will always be there for each other, in the good times and the bad times. There is such an underlying message on how important this is and I feel that it is so necessary especially due to the target audience for this book.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I can’t wait to find myself in this world again, I am sure I will love it just as much as I love this book.