Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

(2 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: HarperCollins

Tilly Pages loves books. That's not surprising; ever since her Mum disappeared when she was little, she's lived with her grandparents above their bookshop Pages & Co.

What is surprising is when she starts to see characters from Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland in real life. And things are about to get even stranger, as Tilly discovers she can travel into fantastical fictional worlds... but will her journeys lead her to the truth about her mother?

Author Anna James perfectly captures the voices of classic children's book characters but also builds her own world; readers will wish they could bookwander too, if only to sample Jack's tasty delights in the Pages & Co café or to scowl at the shady Enoch Chalk, a librarian who seems to have a particular interest in Tilly's newfound abilities.

But while there are plenty of nuggets for bookworms who have already devoured Tilly's favourites, other readers will find plenty to savour, too – just like Tilly's friend Oskar, who doesn't let his dyslexia stop him from enjoying reading (or Tilly's escapades).

A warm tribute to the joy of stories, Tilly and the Bookwanderers is a thoroughly entertaining magical adventure which will chime with anyone who can't resist just one more chapter.

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