Today I am going to do a book review of Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James. As I said before on my City of Bones post, I haven’t read much middle grade, so I picked this book up on a whim, and I absolutely adored it.
A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.
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 to 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. Goodreads.
This book was so good. It was heartwarming, funny, nostalgic, interesting and just really filled my heart with joy.
Tilly is named after one of my favourite books Matilda. She lives with her grandparents and one day in the shop she bumps into a girl, she feels like she knows the girl, but can’t place her, then it hits her that its Anne from Anne of Green Gables. The author really captured Anne so well, and I was so jealous of Tilly, I want to meet Anne.
Tilly then finds out that she can travel into books with the characters, she goes in many beloved children’s classics, Alice In Wonderland, Treasure island and The Little Princess. Then adventures ensue.
This is a wonderful debut book from the author, I cant wait to read the second book.
There is also representation of dyslexia, Tilly’s bestfriend is dyslexic, who also ends up going on adventures with her. Also a lot of it is about Tilly trying to find out about her parents, and it deals with the subject of loss as well.
I wish the book had been around when I was a child, I would have loved it even more.
Goodreads: 5 stars