Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)
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.

Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1) Details

TitleTilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780008229863
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Writing, Books About Books

Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1) Review

  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh, now this took me back to my childhood! I know I would've marvelled at the simply adorable story, an inspirational, indomitable heroine and more books than you can shake a stick at, had this book been around in my formative years. I see that this is the first in a new series which makes me very happy. It's also Anna James's debut, I can see why she has chosen to continue this as a series - the premise is one that book lovers of any and all ages will find beautifully compelling, I know I did. Ahh, now this took me back to my childhood! I know I would've marvelled at the simply adorable story, an inspirational, indomitable heroine and more books than you can shake a stick at, had this book been around in my formative years. I see that this is the first in a new series which makes me very happy. It's also Anna James's debut, I can see why she has chosen to continue this as a series - the premise is one that book lovers of any and all ages will find beautifully compelling, I know I did.This is a perfect tale for those who love both magic and books, and they are brought together in a wonderful way in 'Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers'. Essentially, it is the story of youngster Tilly and her ability to 'bookwander' - where characters can come to life and jump from off the page and into the real world. It also allows readers to join their favourite fictional characters in the world portrayed in the book in which they feature. As if that wasn't enough bookish goodness, Tilly's grandparents, with whom she lives since the disappearance of her mother, own a North London bookshop. It was in said shop that Tilly had her first wandering experience and where she initially encountered classic children's characters. 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. Well, this was a thrill-a-minute and adventure aplenty, it also has some important messages on friendship. I am sure that this will appeal not only to youngsters but adults, too. I am certainly a lot older than the recommended reading age, but I absolutely loved this! So much so, that I am already eagerly anticipating the follow-up. There is no doubt that this was written by a book lover for other bibliophiles to enjoy - there are many descriptions that only the bookish would delight in. It portrays accurately the intense and magical feelings you get when reading a timeless tale. Nostalgic and imaginative, this is a superb debut!Many thanks to HarperCollins UK - Children's for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Tilly Booth
    January 1, 1970
    This is basically a book about me...sort of...not really. BUT the main character is called Tilly and she loves books!!! This was such a sweet book and it's one that is perfect for young readers. It's a book about books and I loved everything from the characters to the plot and more. You follow Tilly who is living with her grandparents after her mother mysteriously disappeared after she was born. Her father was gone before she was born and there isn't much information on him. One day, Tilly finds This is basically a book about me...sort of...not really. BUT the main character is called Tilly and she loves books!!! This was such a sweet book and it's one that is perfect for young readers. It's a book about books and I loved everything from the characters to the plot and more. You follow Tilly who is living with her grandparents after her mother mysteriously disappeared after she was born. Her father was gone before she was born and there isn't much information on him. One day, Tilly finds a box of her mothers old books and suddenly she starts to see characters from books. Alice and Anne also take Tilly into their worlds. Tilly soon learns that she's a bookwanderer and about the rules for doing so. She also realises that there are some mysteries surrounding her mothers disappearance and she takes them upon herself to find out more...It was just so cute and lovely. A very quick, easy and fun read. It made me wish that I was actually the character in this book.
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    It was so fun spotting all my favourite fictional characters, and it just felt like a big warm hug. Fictional worlds collide in this heartwarming future classic. Anna James has created a world, and bookshop, that I desperately want to live in.
  • Michaela's Journey into Books
    January 1, 1970
    *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*I haven't read a middle grade book in a long time and I had forgotten how much I enjoy middle grade fantasy novels. This novel gave me that magical feeling I use to get when reading books such as The Magic Faraway Tree and made me feel very nostalgic of my childhood, which definitely contributed to my enjoyment of the book.This novel follows the story of 11 year old Tilly who lives w *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*I haven't read a middle grade book in a long time and I had forgotten how much I enjoy middle grade fantasy novels. This novel gave me that magical feeling I use to get when reading books such as The Magic Faraway Tree and made me feel very nostalgic of my childhood, which definitely contributed to my enjoyment of the book.This novel follows the story of 11 year old Tilly who lives with her Grandparents, after the mysterious disappearance of her mother when she was a baby. Her grandparents own a bookstore and one day when Tilly is helping her grandparents to organise their annual book party she finds Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Alice in Wonderland in the store. From this encounter she finds out that her grandparents have been keeping a secret from her, that she is a book wanderer. She has the ability to read herself into stories as well as bring the characters of those books into the real world. However, while her new power is magical it is also dangerous and Tilly must be careful especially when she decided to find out the real reason behind her mother's disappearance.Tilly reminds me a lot of me when I was 11. Her love of books, wanting to escape into their worlds and feeling like she connects with fictional characters more than real people. I loved her relationship with her grandparents and her friendship with Oskar, the son of one of her mother's friends, and the way that their love of reading connects them.The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that it has a lot of info dumps throughout it.Overall I adored the premise of this book and really connect with Tilly and her love of books. This is a magical book that I think book readers of all ages will love and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
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  • A Lib Tech Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Tilly and the Bookwanderers, by Anna JamesRating: 3/5Release date: September 18, 2018Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.I feel like this middle grade novel was written specifically for book lovers/bookworms; the entire plot and most of the literary references might get lost on those who dread picking up a book in general. All in all, this wasn't a bad read but it also wasn't great. I appreciate what Anna James has created in her fantastical world of bookwander Tilly and the Bookwanderers, by Anna JamesRating: 3/5Release date: September 18, 2018Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.I feel like this middle grade novel was written specifically for book lovers/bookworms; the entire plot and most of the literary references might get lost on those who dread picking up a book in general. All in all, this wasn't a bad read but it also wasn't great. I appreciate what Anna James has created in her fantastical world of bookwandering, but all of the characters are extremely one-dimensional. The good folks are, simply put, good, and the antagonists were bad. I was disappointed that there wasn't a level of depth put into these characters when they had the potential to be something more and quite possibly, interesting. For instance, Enoch Chalk could have been a much better developed villain with motives that went further than what was explained in the book. Another issue I had with the story-telling was the sheer number of information dump passages that clogged this book. It felt like the only way I could find out about big reveals or hidden intentions was to go from conversation to conversation. A large chunk of this book is written as dialogue, which essentially does make it an easy and fast read, but again, the descriptions and details that could have been written in were lost. Despite all that, I still enjoyed the literary references and loved seeing familiar classic characters jump in from time to time. It's an interesting concept and James managed to write these lovable characters' voices authentically. These scenes make this book a joy to read despite some of its flaws.
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  • A M Y - L O U I S E tomeswithtea
    January 1, 1970
    Pages & Co tells the story of Matilda (Tilly) Pages. Tilly doesn’t really know anything about her dad, and her mum disappeared when she was very small, so she lives with her grandparents, Elisabeth and Archie, in the family bookstore, Pages & Co..Tilly, as someone with few friends, often finds comfort in the pages of books. That is, until Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland wander out of their books to join her in the bookstore.Everything is turned upside down when Tilly reali Pages & Co tells the story of Matilda (Tilly) Pages. Tilly doesn’t really know anything about her dad, and her mum disappeared when she was very small, so she lives with her grandparents, Elisabeth and Archie, in the family bookstore, Pages & Co..Tilly, as someone with few friends, often finds comfort in the pages of books. That is, until Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland wander out of their books to join her in the bookstore.Everything is turned upside down when Tilly realises that not only can characters from her favourite book jump out of their stories and land right in her bookshop, but that she can wander into any story that she choses!She, along with her real-life best friend Oksar, go on an adventure that not even they thought was possible. They visit Avonlea, Wonderland, India and even wind up on a pirate ship!But as with all magical stories, there is a bad guy. Does Tilly have the courage to enter into a world that is not her own to solve a mystery, and possibly find something she thought had been lost forever?My ThoughtsI can honestly say I haven’t read a book that made me this happy since reading Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland for the first time. It is almost as if Anna James just leaped inside my head, worked out what my idea of a perfect story was, and then went ahead and wrote it. As I type this, it has been hours since I finished the book and I still find myself filling up when I think about how it makes me feel. There are plenty of books that I have loved in the past, but none that made me feel as nostalgic as this one did. I felt like a child again, and was transported to a place where both Alice and Anne were my friends too. The thought I had whilst finishing this was was this. “Well, I never need to read another book again. I’ve found it, the one. I’ve I can only read this book for the rest of my life, I will be happy”. I did wonder afterwards, how on earth I was ever going to be able to enjoy another book!Really now, I cannot find a single flaw with it. The characters are adorable, loveable, well thought out and each have their own distinctive voice. Tilly reminded me an awful lot of me as a child. A child that loved reading so much she was never without a pile of books at hand, a child that had an exceptional relationship with her grandparents and a child that was always longing for an adventure.The setting is just wonderful. I bet you couldn’t find me a single person in the bookish community that wouldn’t love to visit Pages & Co., with its nooks and crannies, bean bags and wing-backed chairs, and the ever delightful smell of freshly baked cakes and hot chocolate coming from the cafe. I bet that is the perfect place for so many of us. I mean, imagine that on a blustery autumn day! Then we have the Underlibrary. What an exceptionally imaginative creation. I truly wish that it existed. I would love to go there, please?! If anyone is listening!I totally agree when Stephen King said that “books are uniquely portable magic”. This one transported me back to being a child. To being that kid who always had her nose in a book. Who found that sometimes fictional friends were better than real ones. It filled me with love, joy and happiness. It took me from my current life, where admittedly, my own mental health isn’t top notch, to a place where I had a permanent grin attached to my face. I have had that smile all day and people are dying to know what has made me so happy!In ConclusionThis is a book for me.This is a book for you.This is a book for you son or daughter.This is a book for you mum and dad.This is a book for your siblings.This is a book for your cousins.This is a book for your friends.This is a book for anyone that loves books.This is even a book for those who do not love books.This is a book for anyone that has ever gotten lost in a story.This is a book for everyone.This will be the book that I read to my children. This will be the ones that inspires them, just as Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter did me. I can see this being a treasured childhood favourite for generations to come. I can also see this book being translated into so many languages and being read across the world.Yes, I’m trying really hard not to cry all over my keyboard at this point, still.I can tell you know that not only will this be my favourite book of 2018 but it will be up there with my favourite books of all time. It will be a book that will always have a place in my heart and one that I will always treasure.I would honestly eat my hat if this book isn’t turned into a TV series or is adapted into a film. IMAGINE HOW AMAZING IT WOULD LOOK ON THE BIG SCREEN!I do feel like I have made a bit of a booboo on this occasion, however. Having been lucky enough to get my mitts on an early copy, I now have to wait even longer before the next one comes out! (Yes, Anna has signed a three book deal, try not to scream too loud!).I IMPLORE YOU, go and pre-order it, right now. I promise you will not regret it. This magical book will be released on the 18th of September. Me on the other hand, I’ve already ordered my finished hardback copy and will be watching the postman like a hawk until it arrives! Only 32 days to go…I’m going to have to stop now before I leak too many tears in between my keys…
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  • Laura Noakes
    January 1, 1970
    I have been HIGHLY anticipating this book since it was released. It just seemed like my cup of tea — a book about the magic of books — and not only did it live up to my expectations, it surpassed them.When I first raved about this book on twitter, I said this story was a love letter to children’s literature. I’ve kind of changed my mind about that: Pages&Co is more a love letter to readers. It celebrates those who read and love books in every form. IN FACT, I loved that there was a line in t I have been HIGHLY anticipating this book since it was released. It just seemed like my cup of tea — a book about the magic of books — and not only did it live up to my expectations, it surpassed them.When I first raved about this book on twitter, I said this story was a love letter to children’s literature. I’ve kind of changed my mind about that: Pages&Co is more a love letter to readers. It celebrates those who read and love books in every form. IN FACT, I loved that there was a line in the book about how audiobooks TOTALLY count as reading. It was so lovely to see that inclusivity throughout.The construction of the world of the Bookwanderers was sublime. From reading yourself in to the Underlibrary, it was exquisitely imagined. As a reader, I loved that the world building felt solid, but didn’t completely overshadow the story. It was marvellously done–a masterclass in how to introduce a magic world.This book is set in Autumn in London. AKA the best time of year, in one of my favourite cities. I live relatively close to the capital, and I loved that we caught a glimpse of London and Londoners. Also, I adored the British Library being included–as a PhD student, that place is basically my second home. It was magical visiting it in the pages of a book.The beating heart of this story is Pages&Co, the bookshop where Tilly lives with her adorable grandparents. The warmth and wonder of the place was present on almost every page, as well as the love Tilly and her family have for literature.I think you’ve probably guessed by now that I adored our heroine, Matilda Pages (ALSO, is that not the most perfect name for a literary heroine??). It was like looking back in time at 11 year old me (minus the book wandering abilities, ofc). I really related to Tilly, especially her struggle to reconcile fictional BFF’s with those in really life. As a kid, I was apt to curl up in a story to escape real world friend drama, and I think that’s something lots of people go through.Friendship is one of my favourite aspects in middle grade fiction, and the friendship that developed between Tilly and Oskar (her neighbour!) was lovely. It wasn’t perfect, and that’s what makes the development of the friendship so perfectly believable. It was a pleasure to see them both grow to trust one another.FINALLY, and what was probably the element that I was most excited about this book–classic book characters. This was thrilling to see, a tribute to the characters that we all love so much. I adored seeing Alice and Anne, and the glimpses we got of other well known characters. It was done SO imaginatively, and I loved it. In fact, the whole concept of bookwandering was fun and original and I kind of want to do it ASAP.So, all in all, TILLY AND THE BOOKWANDERERS was a breathtakingly brilliant story, an excellent edition to middle grade fiction and I can’t wait for the next adventure with Tilly & co. This is sure to be a classic in the making.
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  • Alicia Ingram
    January 1, 1970
    I guessed most of the ending but this book is for 10 year olds and I am 23 so I can't really be annoyed. This is the PERFECT book for children who love to read or adults who love to read and written in such a wholesome way by someone who clearly loves books. It was magical and I hope lots of people get to love this book too.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely incredible adventure told through the life of Matilda Pages - a bookwanderer, book store inhabitant and all around brilliant young girl. I loved this story. There are baddies to be terrified of, good guys to root for, unexpected friends, lots of mentions of other books and so much more. This book is what’s so brilliant about all books - adventure, magic, getting lost, being found, friendships and discoveries. I can not wait for more from this series.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Simply put, this book is middle grade perfection! It’s just fun. And light hearted despite the sinister notes sometimes. Plus the UK hardback is genuinely one of the most gorgeous books I own. Which is always nice ;)Tilly is a good lead - brave and daring and a little tempestuous. She comes across as the 11 year she is too, which I liked - sometimes characters seem too old. I also liked Oskar as her friend, though that was more as the book went on, initially I was less convinced. Actually with T Simply put, this book is middle grade perfection! It’s just fun. And light hearted despite the sinister notes sometimes. Plus the UK hardback is genuinely one of the most gorgeous books I own. Which is always nice ;)Tilly is a good lead - brave and daring and a little tempestuous. She comes across as the 11 year she is too, which I liked - sometimes characters seem too old. I also liked Oskar as her friend, though that was more as the book went on, initially I was less convinced. Actually with Tilly it was a little similar but mostly only because were told she doesn’t really have any friends and won’t make the effort with a girl she’s grown apart from, but I didn’t really feel that come across much, it felt a bit more for information. But that’s honestly my only niggle. Pages and Co is a bookshop I wish I knew, I desperately want to go, even if I can’t bookwander when I’m there! It sounds perfect - multi storey and with a cool cake bit and slightly higgedly. Lovely. I also want a pop cake quite badly. I didn’t feel like the plot was anything too surprising, but it didn’t have to be - it’s a gorgeous environment, mixes the real with the magical (I always love this), and is a homage to book lovers everywhere. You’ll feel like you want to join Tilly even if you’ve not read the featured books! Next book please!
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)by Anna JamesHave you ever got lost in a good book? Imagine if you could really get lost.Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can b Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)by Anna JamesHave you ever got lost in a good book? Imagine if you could really get lost.Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.Tilly's new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger seems to be lurking on the very next page...I loved that Tilly was able to travel into her favorite books although she did have, quite the adventure in Treasure Island. This is the first book in what will be a very successful series.Image may contain: text
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Tilly has always loved books and practically grew up in a bookshop. One day she realises she can see characters from the books in real life and before long she is having tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter and going to school with Anne of Green Gables. She finds out she and her grandparents are Bookwanders, people with the special ability to go in and out of books as they wish, as long as they stick to the many, many rules! Maybe this magic can help her find out what happened to cause her mother t Tilly has always loved books and practically grew up in a bookshop. One day she realises she can see characters from the books in real life and before long she is having tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter and going to school with Anne of Green Gables. She finds out she and her grandparents are Bookwanders, people with the special ability to go in and out of books as they wish, as long as they stick to the many, many rules! Maybe this magic can help her find out what happened to cause her mother to leave her when she was a baby. I enjoyed the book but at least half was setting the scene and I think following books in the series will just get better now that the main characters are established.After reading this, the British Library will never look the same!
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  • Becca Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect blend of cosy nostalgia and gripping adventure with a bit of mystery all cooked up in a big pot. Autumn, a bookshop, hot chocolates, and wandering into the world of Anne of Green Gables. This has been one of my favourite reads this year.
  • Miss Cleveland
    January 1, 1970
    This is every booklovers dream, irresistibly brought to life - a magic I’m sure is real! I adored Tilly & Oskar, and if Jack ever releases a cook book, I’ll be right there at the front of the queue. Full review to follow on my blog.
  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    I read so many children's books and each year only a few really stick in my memory but this one will definitely be in my mind for a very long time - it is just wonderful! I love the whole idea of being able to enter a book world and meet your favourite characters , who would you want to meet? I'd be straight off to Hogwarts to meet Luna! This is a cosy, entrancing read and I didn't want it to end. Without a doubt it is a book written by a bibliophile for fellow book lovers and it would be a perf I read so many children's books and each year only a few really stick in my memory but this one will definitely be in my mind for a very long time - it is just wonderful! I love the whole idea of being able to enter a book world and meet your favourite characters , who would you want to meet? I'd be straight off to Hogwarts to meet Luna! This is a cosy, entrancing read and I didn't want it to end. Without a doubt it is a book written by a bibliophile for fellow book lovers and it would be a perfect parent/child read with its mix of magical story and nostalgia. Hopefully it will encourage children to explore the classics that play such a large part in the tale. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on my own hard copy of Bookwanders, counting down the days to publication day.
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  • VioletteDoree
    January 1, 1970
    This book has everything to make a great reading: an amazing edition, lovable main characters and a story centered on books. However, it didn't work for me. I rated as a 3 as Goodreads doesn't accept half grades but it's a 2.5/5 for me.There were some elements I liked:First, the book by itself, the publisher did a wonderful job on this one and the reading is punctuated by lovely illustrations. It was a cover-buy and even if the story was not exceptionnal I can keep a lovely book.I also liked the This book has everything to make a great reading: an amazing edition, lovable main characters and a story centered on books. However, it didn't work for me. I rated as a 3 as Goodreads doesn't accept half grades but it's a 2.5/5 for me.There were some elements I liked:First, the book by itself, the publisher did a wonderful job on this one and the reading is punctuated by lovely illustrations. It was a cover-buy and even if the story was not exceptionnal I can keep a lovely book.I also liked the main characters of Tilly and her friend Oskar, they are both kind, curious and clever for their age and I wished I could have learn more about them. We are following them during the whole story but in the end we don't truly know about their dreams, fears and inner selves.However, I cannot give a really good grade to the book because:The story is too simple, the last quarter of the book caught my attention but it was too late. Wandering in books and see fictionnal characters in our real world is something a lot of authors already wrote about (I count 4 in my personnal collection only), I expected something more that could have make the story truly thrilling.I also had a massive issue with the dialogues. Dialogues are something helping to give a nice pace to a story and here it was the opposite. To my opinion, the dialogues are botched, the characters don't have their own way of speaking and it all sounds so unnatural. A 11 years old londonner, her old grandfather and a character from the 1900's shouldn't speak the same way at all! This can sounds petty of me but it truly broke my reading and I would have enjoyed the story a hundred time more with better dialogues.
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  • Rebecca Rouillard
    January 1, 1970
    Tilly Pages lives with her grandparents and spends most of her time in the family bookstore, Pages and Co. Her grandparents have strange visitors who dress and speak as though they are from another time or place. Then one day Tilly receives some visitors of her own who are weirdly familiar and she discovers a new world that is as thrilling as it is dangerous. Perhaps this new world may even offer some answers about where her mother disappeared to. This is an enchanting story about family, friend Tilly Pages lives with her grandparents and spends most of her time in the family bookstore, Pages and Co. Her grandparents have strange visitors who dress and speak as though they are from another time or place. Then one day Tilly receives some visitors of her own who are weirdly familiar and she discovers a new world that is as thrilling as it is dangerous. Perhaps this new world may even offer some answers about where her mother disappeared to. This is an enchanting story about family, friendship and the magic of fiction. It is also a nostalgic, book lover's story, full of classic characters from literature (A Little Princess is one of my twelve-year old's favourite books and she absolutely loved this book) but I did wonder how engaging the story would be to readers who aren't familiar with these characters. But I think anyone who loves reading would appreciate the idea of being able to visit their favourite fictional characters inside the pages of the books that have meant the most to them.
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  • Orláith
    January 1, 1970
    Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers is a book lover's dream.It's quite literally a book about a book lover's love of books and as soon as I read that one character was attempting to bake Enid Blyton's pop cakes, I knew I would adore it.As I child I wished for nothing more than to be able to go on adventures through The Magic Faraway Tree with Moonface or down the rabbit hole with Alice and it seems that Anna James and I shared that wish!This book will be adored by children today and wil Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers is a book lover's dream.It's quite literally a book about a book lover's love of books and as soon as I read that one character was attempting to bake Enid Blyton's pop cakes, I knew I would adore it.As I child I wished for nothing more than to be able to go on adventures through The Magic Faraway Tree with Moonface or down the rabbit hole with Alice and it seems that Anna James and I shared that wish!This book will be adored by children today and will be a nostalgic read for adults. It's just wonderful.Thank you so much to @harpercollins for this free book (and trip down memory lane!)
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    This is an utterly charming, read-in-one-sitting kind of book that makes you remember why you love stories.This will be pressed firmly into the hands of anyone at my bookstore shopping for a child who loves to read this Christmas.
  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the most delightfully magical books that I've read in long time. It took me back to my childhood days of reading Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I adored Tilly and Oskar and of course all of the book characters she meets on her adventures. Cannot wait for more.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely wonderful. Happy tears at the end.
  • Kimi
    January 1, 1970
    An absolute joy of a book for booklovers! Such fun.
  • Mikaela
    January 1, 1970
    Eleven year-old Matilda 'Tilly' Pages lives above her grandparents' bookshop, Pages and Co. in North London and has lived there ever since her mother disappeared just after she was born. Like her grandparents, Elsie and Archie Pages, Tilly loves stories, and one day, Tilly starts to see things. She finds her grandmother talking to a mysterious woman by the name of Lizzy who then suddenly disappears... And then a little while later, Tilly meets Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonder Eleven year-old Matilda 'Tilly' Pages lives above her grandparents' bookshop, Pages and Co. in North London and has lived there ever since her mother disappeared just after she was born. Like her grandparents, Elsie and Archie Pages, Tilly loves stories, and one day, Tilly starts to see things. She finds her grandmother talking to a mysterious woman by the name of Lizzy who then suddenly disappears... And then a little while later, Tilly meets Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, too. Tilly doesn't know what to think and her grandparents aren't much help in the beginning.Tilly learns, later on, that she can wander into books. She has the power to jump into the middle of any book she has a connection with go along with the story and its characters. This is called Bookwandering and it seems like her grandparents knew more than what they were letting on. Tilly and with the help of a friend named Oskar, embark on the page-jumping adventure to find out what really happen to Tilly's mother all those years ago and learn all the rules of Bookwandering on the way. And who is this mysterious Enoch Chalk that keeps following Tilly into books and what does he want from her?Spoilers ahead.(view spoiler)[Oh, my, goodness! I absolutely LOVED this book! As soon as I saw it in a YouTube video and heard what the book was about from the very author Anna James, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Who doesn't love books about books and reading and their favourite book characters coming to live?I've read a similar book a few years ago called Between the Lines and it's concept was a slightly different and executed very poorly, unfortunately. Instead of jumping into books and jumping out, there was only one character that the main character of Between the Lines could talk to. Why only this one book and why only these two characters? The initial concept was so interesting and had so much potential, but the author decided to put more focus on a relationship rather than this amazing concept, and maybe, it's companion novel has more of what I'm looking for. To know more about my thoughts on this you can read my detailed review here: Between the LinesPages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers,  however, did it brilliantly. It had a really great plot and it worked so well. Anna James, the author, knew exactly what she wanted to achieve. She did her research, planned the plot and concept out very well, there was backstory and world building... it was just amazing!When we meet the first book character Tilly can see, she overhears her grandma talking to a woman with 'dark, curly hair pinned up on the back of her head' and wearing a 'long, old-fashioned-looking dress'. Her grandma is laughing too much that she's crying. The woman is telling a story to Elsie and mentioned 'Charlotte'. As soon as Tilly makes herself known, she walks into the room only to find her grandmother sitting alone. Confused, Tilly asks where the woman went. Her grandmother, at first, tried to play it off, but Tilly persisted to which her grandma said "that's Lizzy - she's an old friend." And then we find out that Lizzy reminds Tilly's grandmother of her daughter, Tilly's mother. We find out later that Lizzy is in fact Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. How cool is that? One of the most famous book characters just pops out of the book and you're able to speak to them!When Tilly finds a box marked with "Bea's Books" she instantly recognises the box as her mother's, Beatrice Pages. It was a box of books that Tilly's mother had loved and read when she was Tilly's age, titles such as A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland. She brought it to her grandpa who had forgotten all about it. He then tells her that A Little Princess was her mother's favourite book. Tilly has read it and  her grandpa asks her which characters she has a connection with she replies with Sara saying that she liked how "she tells stories when she feels sad, and to help her after her father dies."After reading some of her mother's old copies of her favourite books, the next day, Tilly was in the shop when she found girl with red pigtails sitting the sofa. She spoke in an accent that was unknown to Tilly's ears. The girl on the sofa is sorry that she hasn't introduced herself after explaining why she is there: "My name is Anne. With an 'e'." And thus, we meet Anne from Anne of Green Gables. From here, Tilly meets Alice from Wonderland, sees her grandpa talking to a man with a weird hat and a smoking pipe, who is most notably known as Sherlock Holmes.I love how Anna James knows how to voice these characters we know and love. She captured Anne's urgency and imaginative way of talking and Alice's bluntness in such a brilliant way that I just want to talk to them myself. You can definitely tell that James did her research and loved these books as much as her own characters did too. And she chose the perfect books and characters to portray in this book; all of Tilly's favourite characters somehow relate to her in a way and why these characters and books Tilly is able to Bookwander into; Bookwandering mostly works with books you have connections with.Bookwandering. I want do to this. It's amazing! To able to jump into your favourite books and meet your favourite characters and join them on their adventures! But, of course, there has to be rules. Explained in the Underlibrary, a library and secret organisation underneath the British Library in London, Bookwandering can be amazing and dangerous at the same time. You can get stuck in a book if you're not able to read the last line of the book; the end-pages in books are there to bounce you back, and when you do get stuck in the book, basically, you're written into it and you slowly forget about your life outside the book. You can die if you're not careful, a "dragon is a dragon and a witch is a witch."Bookwandering runs in your blood. You can have generations and generations of Bookwanderers in your family. You could even have the potential Bookwandering abilities in you and don't even know it. Tilly's friend, Oskar, comes along for the ride when Tilly tells him about what she has seen, not knowing what's going on. He is able to go into Anne of Green Gables when Anne pulls them with her. Later on, he explains that his French grandmother, who was sick, used to illustrate children's books and Tilly's grandmother marvelled at the idea that this was his connection to books and therefore how is able to have Bookwandering abilities.You can jump into a book and go along as if you're apart of the story and when you leave, the characters forget about you. However, when you're pulled into a book, such as when Anne and Alice did to Tilly, they were able to remember talking with her and their adventures. However, this is could part due to Tilly's special ancestry...When you first show abilities of Bookwandering, you are registered as an official Bookwanderer in the Underlibrary, found in countries around the world. Once registered, you are able practise your abilities with books and jump into them. At first, your practise books are the most simplest and safest books to travel into as they do not pose any danger. However, Bookwandering is only exclusively bound to bookshops and libraries. You can't open a book up in the park and dive into the book, only at places where books live.Another element of the Underlibrary and Bookwandering is the Source Library where there is a copy of every English book in its first edition. Two copies of books are sent to the British Library, one goes into their stocks and the other goes down to the Underlibrary where it's stamped and catalogued as a Source. The Source books are protected heavily because if you travel into them, you risk alerting every edition of that book for every reader.The mysterious Enoch Chalk works in the Underlibrary. He follows Tilly into the books she travels to. Mr. Chalk is a mysterious character and cannot be trusted. It turns out that he trapped Beatrice Pages into his copy of A Little Princess because she found out he actually was partly due to what happened when she went into A Little Princess when she was in university. He is a fictional character from a book no one reads. He found out that she fell in love with Sara's father from A Little Princess and ended up pregnant with Tilly. She chose to leave the book and Captain Crewe to have Tilly in the real world so she can live a normal life. A little while later, Beatrice wanted to have her family together as a family, so she snuck into the Source Library to find a way that she, Tilly, and Captain Crew can be together. Mr. Chalk finds her and tells her there is a better way around it, but Beatrice finds out what he really is. He traps her into A Little Princess on a loop that makes it impossible for her to complete the story.Tilly is on the quest to find out what really happens to her mother. She travels into books that are dangerous and even gets stuck in one, but because she is half-fictional, she is able to escape. She sneaks into Mr. Chalks office and discovers that his copy of A Little Princess is different than hers and every other edition she could find. Only later does she discover that it's her mother in the book. So, she and Oskar wander into book to find her mother. Tilly finds her mother and gets out of the book but not after Mr. Chalk finds her and tries to get rid of them. They end up back in his office where Ameila, an Underlibrary worker, finds them and eventually Mr. Chalk escapes into a book; he's able to do this as he is a Source character.This is the whole plot and you can tell why I needed to explain it in detail. This concept and plot is just fantastic. You can really see the amount of thought and planning when into it. There was just so much world building and backstory; I love this in a book. I love learning about the world when the characters do.Visually, the book is beautiful too! The dust jacket and hard-cover are just what you'd expect in the pages of the book. The pages itself shows text that is altered to emphasise the concept with reading and books, and there a illustrations in the margins and some pages are just illustrations. Ah! Just so beautiful!Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers is a brilliant novel. It's a children's book, for sure, but you can get so much out of it as an adult. You relive your favourite stories and  you get to jump into a very cool and exciting adventure about books. Books aren't just for reading, they're for reflection and adventure; you can relate to the characters and the books take you to your wildest dreams. It's the ultimate book for books. And I feel as though this book is a like a love-letter to books and reading.I give Tilly and the Bookwanderers 5 stars. It was just lovely to read a book that was so passionate about book and reading, the concept and plot were so engaging and I did not want it to end. The characters were lovely to meet. A definite read for book-lovers. I love this concept 'bookwandering' and I cannot wait to see where we go next! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    An intriguing set up. Tilly discovers that she has inherited the ability to wander in and out of books, interacting with her favourite characters and taking part in exciting adventures. Written as much to appeal to nostalgic adults as to its target audience there are a lot of literary references based on classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess. This is a quaint story which emphasises the importance of libraries and bookshops but for me it reinforced the s An intriguing set up. Tilly discovers that she has inherited the ability to wander in and out of books, interacting with her favourite characters and taking part in exciting adventures. Written as much to appeal to nostalgic adults as to its target audience there are a lot of literary references based on classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess. This is a quaint story which emphasises the importance of libraries and bookshops but for me it reinforced the stereotype that book lovers only love ‘the classics’. This was an OK read for me, a book-loving adult, but my 10 year old wasn’t interested in moving past the first few pages. Feels like the kind of book that well-meaning adults would like their kids to read but may only appeal to those who already love the ‘classics’.
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  • Angel McGregor
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with just the idea of this book when I heard about it through HarperCollins - I received a personalised proof and started reading it the second I opened the mail! Having now read it I am more in love with it than I can put into words. James has written the story that every book lover wishes was theirs! Matilda Pages lives in her Grandfather's bookshop, spending her days amongst the shelves, finding the characters in her books better to hang out with than the people she goes to sch I fell in love with just the idea of this book when I heard about it through HarperCollins - I received a personalised proof and started reading it the second I opened the mail! Having now read it I am more in love with it than I can put into words. James has written the story that every book lover wishes was theirs! Matilda Pages lives in her Grandfather's bookshop, spending her days amongst the shelves, finding the characters in her books better to hang out with than the people she goes to school with - we all know that feeling right?! When those much-loved characters actually turn up in the bookshop though, that's where the fun starts!! This tale brings together the ideas we all had as children, wishing that we could go for tea with the Mad Hatter and have sword fights on pirate ships - James put all of our wildest dreams down on paper as Tilly's life and brought a book into the world that all ages will adore! If I'm honest, I think some adults will love this more than the children it is aimed at, as we have the memories to back up the tale, where as children are still living it! This is one of those books that I can guarantee I will end up with more than one copy of, and one I will be recommending and putting into the hands of others!!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    With Tilly and the Bookwanderers, Anna James has created a world that every child, as well as every bookseller and librarian, is going to wish were true, in which Tilly discovers she is a book wanderer who can travel into her favourite fictional worlds, as her mother and grandparents were before her. Of course this leads to all kinds of adventures for her and her friend Oskar as they start to unravel the mystery behind her mother's disappearance while travelling through some of their favourite b With Tilly and the Bookwanderers, Anna James has created a world that every child, as well as every bookseller and librarian, is going to wish were true, in which Tilly discovers she is a book wanderer who can travel into her favourite fictional worlds, as her mother and grandparents were before her. Of course this leads to all kinds of adventures for her and her friend Oskar as they start to unravel the mystery behind her mother's disappearance while travelling through some of their favourite books. Fantastic writing and wonderful characters transport you to a magical possibility that you won't want to stop reading about. I loved the explanations behind the magic of book wandering as it all seemed so plausible, although that could be because I spend most of my time with a head in a book so anything is possible. But a book that makes you believe, even if just for a few hundred pages, that you can travel in your favourite books is going to be a massive hit with all the 9 to 12 year olds I know as well as many older readers.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    This story is set in a bookshop and involves the main character Tilly's adventures journeying into some classic children's stories. There is also a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Tilly's mum many years ago. The book itself is absolutely beautiful. The cover design, particularly the one under the dust jacket, really captures the image of falling into the pages of a book. Within the book, font and colour are used cleverly to emphasise certain words or moments in the story. I enjoyed Till This story is set in a bookshop and involves the main character Tilly's adventures journeying into some classic children's stories. There is also a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Tilly's mum many years ago. The book itself is absolutely beautiful. The cover design, particularly the one under the dust jacket, really captures the image of falling into the pages of a book. Within the book, font and colour are used cleverly to emphasise certain words or moments in the story. I enjoyed Tilly's journey's into the various different worlds. It is clear that these stories are favourites of the author as she perfectly captures the speech and mannerisms of these classic characters. (view spoiler)[ Although a slight niggle for me was when Tilly ask Anne of Green Gables what her favourite story is and she replies with, "Do stories you've made up yourself count?" Whilst Anne does enjoy making up stories and eventually goes on to be an author. I don't feel this is how she would have answered the question. Anne loves literature to the point where one of her foster families threw her book in the stove to prevent her from reading as she spent so much time doing it! I'm sure Anne would have had a whole list of favourite authors and stories before she mentioned herself. (hide spoiler)] As someone who loved many of these stories as a child, this was a wonderful nostalgia trip for me. The moment the book mentioned that Tilly was in Wonderland or Avonlea, I could instantly picture where she was due to years of reading those books when I was little. However, for someone who didn't have all this prior knowledge and affection for the stories, I imagine the jumping in and out of books could get quite confusing. I wonder if visiting generic stories with dragons, princesses, witches, talking animals, etc. might make the story more accessible than visiting specific stories. Though I did enjoy guessing which stories characters were from based on their name, nickname or something they'd said and this wouldn't have been possible without named stories. The use of description in this book is excellent. The author uses similes beuatifully to describe scenes and feelings and in the 'real' world of the story she has created a fascinating world. An area of writing that I felt let this story down, was the dialogue between the 'real' characters in the book. At times, conversations felt quite stilted as if they were there to further the plot, rather than something the characters might actually say to each other. Also, I didn't feel there was always enough difference between the way that Tilly's grandparents spoke compared to the way that her and her friend spoke. Overall, I enjoyed this story. However, I do worry that it emphasises the stereotype we are trying to move away from that defines books as either being for boys or girls but not both. (view spoiler)[ Tilly's favourite books are Alice in Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables. Both of which Oskar hasn't read. Tilly also enjoys a Little Princess (which again Oskar hasn't read) and this is her mum's favourite book. Oskar is currently reading Percy Jackson, a plus point for the author is that Tilly does say she has read this. Even with her grandparents, her grandma loves Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice whilst her grandad reads Sherlock Holmes. However, the worst moment was when Tilly is reading what is described as a book that is blue and glittery. She tells Jack that it's about mermaids, pirates and the ocean 'probably not his thing' she says! He replies saying that actually he does like pirates and the ocean, with no mention of the mermaids at all! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted to www.katiealexandrablog.wordpress.comI received a copy of this book from NetGalley.Tilly and the Bookwanderers (marked as Pages and Co. #1 on Goodreads - I do so hope there's more in this series!) follows Matilda, and eleven year old bookworm who lives with her grandparents next door to the bookshop - Pages and Co. - where they work. After some strange encounters with some strange characters frequenting the bookshop, Tilly soon realises they may actually be exactly who Review originally posted to www.katiealexandrablog.wordpress.comI received a copy of this book from NetGalley.Tilly and the Bookwanderers (marked as Pages and Co. #1 on Goodreads - I do so hope there's more in this series!) follows Matilda, and eleven year old bookworm who lives with her grandparents next door to the bookshop - Pages and Co. - where they work. After some strange encounters with some strange characters frequenting the bookshop, Tilly soon realises they may actually be exactly who she thinks they are! And better yet, they can take her with them on their adventures....I don't normally read middle grade. Earlier this year I started the A Murder Most Unladylike series and am really enjoying it, but other than that I don't have much experience with it. I follow Anna on Twitter, and it was through I heard about her debut novel, and was mostly why I wanted to give it a go. There's something so inspiring to me about following somebody on Twitter or Tumblr or wherever, and then reading something they've worked so hard on. But apart from that, the concept of this book sounded right up my street, and something I would have latched on to so hard when I was younger - so why not now?From the very first paragraphs, I was drawn right in. I was there, in the bookshop, wandering around, with the fire in the background, and the stacks of books precariously balanced on every available surface, little nooks and crannies for reading - it was so immersive! It also sounded like every book lovers dream, that James had carefully crafted this conglomeration of every wish of every book lover and lovingly woven them to make a safe haven for readers. I often don't know how to rate middle grade fiction, or even some YA targeted towards the younger end of that spectrum, because at times it can feel like that writing is at too low a level for me to enjoy - I don't mean this in a bad way though! There has to be books of all levels for all ages and abilities of readers, whether that is MG/YA/adult. I just personally don't enjoy reading something aimed towards younger readers so much. With this, however, it felt perfectly crafted for young readers and adults alike to follow along without feeling bored or like it was beneath them, while keeping their interest and keeping them guessing. I also think there's something about so much younger fiction where the plot - though necessarily simplified - is too simple for older readers to enjoy. Again, not the case here. I loved the twists and while some of the ending was guessable - only at about two thirds of the way though however - there were other bits I didn't predict. (Side note: also relevant to the A Murder Most Unladylike series - yes a murder mystery for kids, but not necessarily one you'll have answered before the end.)I don't want to say too much about the plot, because I didn't know too much going in and I want you all to have the same experience I did, and follow the story wherever it goes.I do, however, want to talk about the characters. Tilly was a delightful young girl, and her friendship with Oskar was cute and inspiring, but mostly I loved Archie and Elisabeth. Their devotion to the their granddaughter was pure and lovely to read about, but they also seemed so in tune with each other, and like a true couple who had obviously been together for many years.Overall, an enchanting and un-put-down-able book (that's a word, right?) and I urge you all to go and pick up a copy when it's out later this month. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars, and really hope there's more in this series! 
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  • Asha Hartland-Asbury
    January 1, 1970
    Books about books have the tendency to either be totally magical, and let you feel you've found a kindred spirit, or a little bit pretentious, so I was nervous on picking up Pages and Co. However, this is firmly in the former camp, and is a really delightful love letter to books and reading, with a very entertaining story underneath it! This book is so sweet! Tilly, who lives with her grandparents in a wonderful independent bookshop, discovers that she can talk to characters from her favourite b Books about books have the tendency to either be totally magical, and let you feel you've found a kindred spirit, or a little bit pretentious, so I was nervous on picking up Pages and Co. However, this is firmly in the former camp, and is a really delightful love letter to books and reading, with a very entertaining story underneath it! This book is so sweet! Tilly, who lives with her grandparents in a wonderful independent bookshop, discovers that she can talk to characters from her favourite books, and visit them in their worlds. The bookshop itself is lovingly described - actually, the whole book feels filled with love. It's enjoyable for its own plot, so will be entertaining for children even if they haven't read the source material, but also really enjoyable as an adult looking back on the magic of reading, and those books in particular. I hope it fires up kids to read some of the classics mentioned. There is a mystery central to the plot, so I will try to avoid spoilers. Tilly has never given up hope that her mum, who went missing when she was a baby, will come back. Tilly's new talents of book wandering become the key to unravelling this mystery, via a jaw-droppingly cool underground library and a series of shocking revelations about her family. I loved watching the mystery unfold. I did feel that once the big reveal had happened, the book wrapped up too quickly, without a proper resolution, but this is clearly intended to be a series, so I understand why not everyone got their comeuppance. It was a little jarring though - you know when you're reading and you look at how much there is left, and you know there isn't enough time to fix everything..? This book does that in bucket-loads. It's not a cliff-hanger, per se, just a rather abrupt wrap up.But the magic of this book is in the talent of book wandering. It's a paean to those books that changed your life as a child. There are some books that you just meet at the right time, and they touch your soul, and make you into a new person. I've never stopped rereading my children's books - several of them must be at 30+ reads, and they're the only dog-eared books I have on my shelves! I love reading new MG for many reasons (mostly because it's so much less depressing than YA or adult!), but certain books that I first read as a kid have not only got a special place in my heart, they made themselves a piece of my heart. In my review of Tempests and Slaughter, I talked about this a little - how I modelled myself on certain characters and made them part of my life. Just imagine if I could have hung out with them, and grown up by their sides for real...I would have loved to hang out with Anne of Green Gables as a child (though as an adult, don't you think you'd be a bit sad to always have to stand next to such captivating beauty?). Chatting to Elizabeth Bennet, like Tilly's grandmother does, would be so much fun, and I probably would have given my left arm to sit and work on cases with Sherlock Holmes, like Tilly's grandfather. You can most easily wander into books that you have a strong connection with, and this family has very similar tastes to mine! I think I'd most like to spend an afternoon in Patricia C Wrede's Enchanted Forest - have cider with Morwen, help Kazul translate Latin, make chocolate mousse with Cimorene... Either that or attend knight school with Alanna, or help Sophie clean up Howl's mess... Imagine attending a Hogwarts Yule Ball! The possibilities for book wandering are endless, and that's part of the charm of this book. It's very, very enjoyable as a story in its own right. But the magic of it is how it reawakens that all-consuming love of books that you felt as a child. It's exquisitely done, and I can't wait to see more of Tilly's adventures. I highly recommend if you love, or have ever loved, books - even if you don't usually read MG.Four out of five stars(due only to that very abrupt ending).
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Pages & Co is exactly the kind of book I would have stayed up past my bedtime to read under the covers as a 10-year-old (and one I couldn’t put down as an adult, either). Matilda ‘Tilly’ Pages has never known her parents, and has lived with her grandparents above their rambling North London bookshop, Pages & Co, ever since her mother disappeared. She’s always loved escaping into her favourite stories, but when Alice appears in the bookshop from Wonderland, and Anne turns up from Avonlea, Pages & Co is exactly the kind of book I would have stayed up past my bedtime to read under the covers as a 10-year-old (and one I couldn’t put down as an adult, either). Matilda ‘Tilly’ Pages has never known her parents, and has lived with her grandparents above their rambling North London bookshop, Pages & Co, ever since her mother disappeared. She’s always loved escaping into her favourite stories, but when Alice appears in the bookshop from Wonderland, and Anne turns up from Avonlea, Tilly’s adventures really begin. That's because Tilly has discovered the magic of “bookwandering,” where characters can travel from the page into the real world, and readers can join their favourite characters in their fictional homes, too. What starts off as fun soon becomes more urgent as time goes on though, as Tilly realises that bookwandering may have had something to do with her mother’s disappearance…“You know when you walk into a bookshop and you see all those thousands of books lined up in front of you? That intoxicating feeling of knowing that behind each cover is a different world to explore, like thousands of tiny portals? …That is what fuels bookwandering, and it comes to life in bookshops.” I doubt there’s a book lover out there who hasn’t felt this way, who hasn’t lost themselves in a book over the course of a few hours, and who hasn’t at one point dreamt of being transported into the pages of their most-loved stories.Pages & Co is a truly lovely book, filled with friendship, adventure, and of course, magic. For adults, reading it offers a chance to recreate the childhood wonder of opening a favourite novel, and for the young readers it’s aimed at, Pages & Co could be the classic they look back on with fondness and nostalgia in years to come. Whatever their age, I’m sure all bookworms will love the magic between these pages – I know I did!
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