Middle Grade Monday: Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 18th, 2018

 

 

 

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. – synopsis from Goodreads

“Be brave, be curious, be kind.” 

Be still my middle-grade literary heart! Tilly and the Bookwanders is such a treasure of a book and what reader doesn’t look a book about books? I dare you to try and find out! Impossible!!

This was a book that was on one of my good friend’s Christmas wishlist. I had never heard of it, but when I ordered her the book, I might have ordered a second copy for myself and I have zero regrets after reading it. Tilly and The Bookwanders is such a sweet story about a young girl, named Tilly, that lives with her grandparents in a wonderful little family owned bookstore, called Pages & Co. Tilly spends most of her time nose-deep in children’s classics such as Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. The characters are precious to her and she’s isolated herself at school so badly that the characters in the books are really her only friends. Tilly also is quite lonely and doesn’t understand why her mother left her at a young age and what happened to her, her grandparents won’t give many details and they don’t seem to know what happened to her either. Turns out that one day while Tilly is reading one of her favorite classics, Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland just pops out of her story and from there the real adventures begin.

Tilly and the Bookwanders is a really positive and fun story. Tilly is intelligent, brave, flawed but most importantly she never gives up. Her friendship with another young boy, Oskar really develops into a genuine and fun friendship and I adored seeing them take adventures with different beloved book characters. I don’t want to go into detail about how or why Tilly is able to talk to this characters, you’ll find that out soon enough if you pick the book up.

One of the things that honestly caught me off guard about this one, was that there was a genuinely interesting mystery happening around her about her mother’s whereabouts and where that plot goes is actually such a great twist. I never saw it coming and I thought it was brilliant. There are a lot of family and friendship themes in this story and the grandparents may not be the most generous with giving details about their missing daughter (they are in a lot of pain themselves over it), but they are loving and supportive and doing their absolute best for Tilly. I really appreciate seeing different family units in middle-grade and I appreciate it even more when they are loving and involved, which these grandparents very much are.

Another thing I loved about this book was the setting – a lot of it takes place in a cozy, family owned bookstore. I mean you can imagine it so easy and it makes it that much easier to really get into the story and put yourself in Tilly’s space. The ending of this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger, but thankfully another book is coming to hopefully shed some light on all of that.

I highly recommend checking out this book. I’m a huge believer that there is no age on any category of book and this has lots to offer all ages. It would be a wonderful book to read as a family and I think children as young as six years old could enjoy this one, with a little help. Also, for the cover buy readers out there – not only is the cover adorable but the actual naked book is BEAUTIFUL. It has drawings all over it and I just love it.

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Middle Grade Monday: Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi

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I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 406
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: August 30th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle Grade Monday: Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

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Middle Grade Monday: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

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Middle Grade Monday: Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

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Middle Grade Monday: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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Middle Grade Monday: The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Middle Grade
Pages: 438
Pacing:
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Published: July 17th, 2012

 

 

 

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought. – synopsis from Goodreads

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Middle Grade Monday: The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

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Middle Grade Monday: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle-Grade Horror
Pages: 218
Pacing: Normal Paced, Faster Pacing the further you get in the book
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: September 25th,  2018

Trigger Warnings: Grief of a loved one, Depression, some bullying (challenged) and younger children may find the spooky setting frightening.

 

Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic. After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.  Continue reading “Middle Grade Monday: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden”

Book Haul – Over 20 books!

I haven’t been buying books as much as I usually do because of Christmas but I still ended up with a stack somehow.  So let’s just get right into this shall we?

Physical Arcs

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The Song of the Dead by Sarah Marsh Glenn
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
The Girl King by Mimi Yu <— see full review Here
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kremmerer (not pictured) see full review Here
I passed this one on to a good friend because it was one of her most-anticipated for next year.

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