This week I finished reading Tilly and The Book Wanderers, the first instalment of Pages & Co, by Anna James. A wonderfully refreshing and exciting 9-12 fictional adventure – although, that being said, reading it made me question what’s fictional after all…
Tilly lives in her grandparents beloved bookshop, Pages & Co. She knows it like the back of her hand – the comfy armchairs for reading in, the secrets nooks and crannies to hide yourself with a book… or does she? When she glimpses some unusually dressed customers talking to her Grandparents one day, Tilly realises there must be more to the world of books than meets the eye – especially when her own favourite characters appear in the shop.
As the adventure begins to escalate Tilly discovers the magical power of Bookwandering – with unimaginable consequences.
A wonderful book about friendship, family, reading, and the power of books. James beautifully captures everything one loves – the comfort of a good story, the smell of books, peanut butter on toast in bed and hot chocolate! Alongside this is a fantastic adventure, compelling story and detailed magical world. A real gem.
Books can change minds and change worlds, open doors and open minds, and plant seeds that can grow into magical or even terrifying things. Stories are things to be loved and respected at the same time; never underestimate the power of them.Tilly and The Bookwanderers by Anna James
I loved the morals about friendship and the insights into the experience of reading – they are worded in such a beautiful way. I also thoroughly enjoyed the references to well known literary characters – in particular that of Elizabeth Bennett – a favourite of mine! Enoch Chalk is a brilliant villain, making my skin literally crawl whenever he morphed into being on the page, and the plot twists were inspired – I did not see them coming!
I would have loved to have been able to read this when I was 11, but quite possibly enjoyed it even more now… at 20 😉
If you love reading and all things bookish then I thoroughly recommend reading Tilly’s adventure. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Meg Readz xx