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The Bookwanderers
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The Bookwanderers
Pages & Co. Series, Book 1
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A USA Today Bestselling book!
A Barnes & Noble Book of the Month!
A 2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!
A National Bestseller!
"An affectionate ode to books and book lovers." —Publishers Weekly
An enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination from debut author Anna James. Perfect for fans of Inkheart, The Land of Stories, and Story Thieves.

Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly's new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page...
When new secrets are uncovered, it's up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.
Praise for Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers:
-"A loving testament to the powerful magic of books and imagination." Kirkus Reviews

-"Delightful! A Joy of a book."—Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars
-"A lovely and enchanting read, whether you're 9 years old or 49 years old." The Belfast Telegraph
A USA Today Bestselling book!
A Barnes & Noble Book of the Month!
A 2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!
A National Bestseller!
"An affectionate ode to books and book lovers." —Publishers Weekly
An enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination from debut author Anna James. Perfect for fans of Inkheart, The Land of Stories, and Story Thieves.

Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly's new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page...
When new secrets are uncovered, it's up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.
Praise for Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers:
-"A loving testament to the powerful magic of books and imagination." Kirkus Reviews

-"Delightful! A Joy of a book."—Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars
-"A lovely and enchanting read, whether you're 9 years old or 49 years old." The Belfast Telegraph
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  • ATOS:
    5.8
  • Lexile:
    870
  • Interest Level:
    MG
  • Text Difficulty:
    4 - 5

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Excerpts-
  • From the book Matilda Pages pushed open the door of Pages & Co. and breathed in deeply, taking in the familiar scent of just-blown-out candles, dark chocolate and, of course, books. For a second she forgot that she was splattered with muddy water and simply relished the week's holiday that stretched out in front of her like the view from the gate of a fairground. But the bubble of calm popped as the damp seeped through her tights, making her shiver, and she marched through the door connecting the bookshop to the narrow house she lived in with her grandparents. She let the door crash behind her, tossed her school bag on the table—accidentally sending a pile of potatoes flying—and flopped dramatically into a chair.

    She paused, waiting for her grandmother to react, and when Grandma finally turned, Tilly flung her head theatrically on to her arms on the table.

    "Happy half-term, Tilly," Grandma said, looking around in confusion. "What on earth is the matter? And why are you taking it out on the potatoes?"

    Tilly's cheeks, usually fair with a smattering of freckles,blushed a deep raspberry as she sheepishly started picking upthe potatoes.

    "And you're soaking—it's not still raining, is it?" Grandma said, peering out of the kitchen window. She gave her granddaughter's head an affectionate rub as Tilly kneeled to rescue a stray potato that had rolled into the cat basket. Tilly sighed and leaned against Grandma's legs.

    "Grace went through a puddle on her bike and it splashed all over me."

    "Surely she didn't do it on purpose?" Grandma asked gently.

    Tilly harrumphed in disagreement.

    "Aren't you two as thick as thieves?" Grandma said.

    "That was before, when we were just little. She has new friends now," Tilly said. "She got on to the netball team, and only wants to be with those girls now. She sits with Ammara and Poppy every day."

    "Have I met Ammara and Poppy?" Grandma asked.

    "No, they went to St. Enid's, and they stick together all the time."

    "Well, why don't you invite some of them round during the holiday?" Grandma suggested. "Get to know each other?"

    "I don't think they'd come," Tilly said uncertainly. "They're always whispering and giggling about something when I try to talk to them."

    "They might surprise you. You don't know if you don't ask," Grandma said. "Be brave, Matilda. Be brave, be—"

    "Be brave, be curious, be kind," Tilly interrupted. "I know."

    "It's what we always used to tell your mum growing up," Grandma said.

    "I just think being brave comes more naturally to some people than others," Tilly said.

    "Often it's the things that don't come naturally to us that are the most important," Grandma said. "Now, why don't you take off that wet uniform and have a shower? I'll make you a hot chocolate to celebrate the start of the holidays."


    ***

    Twenty minutes later Tilly was clean and dry, her dark brown curls considerably less damp, wearing her own clothes, carrying two mugs of hot chocolate covered in whipped cream, one for her and one for her grandad. She pushed the kitchen door open with her back and reversed into the bookshop. Pages & Co. was Tilly's favorite place in the world. From outside, on the busy north London high street, it looked like an entirely normal bookshop, but once inside it didn't quite make sense how everything fitted inside its ordinary walls.

    The shop was made up of five floors of corners and cubbyholes, sofas and squashy armchairs, and a labyrinth of bookshelves heading off in different directions. A spiral staircase danced up one wall, and painted wooden ladders stretched up...
Reviews-
  • Kirkus

    June 1, 2019
    This debut is the first in a new series about an English girl with a special ability. Matilda Pages' mother disappeared without a trace when she was a baby, and her father died before she was born. The 11-year-old bibliophile has been raised by her maternal grandparents, proprietors of Pages & Co., a cozy north London bookshop. The school holidays stretch out before her, and Tilly wants some excitement, but, as she laments, "No one has proper adventures in real life." Tilly gets the adventure of a lifetime when Anne Shirley and Alice, her favorite book characters, appear in the shop. Visits to Avonlea and the famously wacky Wonderland tea party lead Tilly to the truth: She comes from a family of bookwanderers, people who use the "natural magic of books" to travel inside works of literature and bring characters into the real world. Inquisitive and intelligent, Tilly is exceptional among bookwanderers: Some of the rules don't apply to her, but why? Tilly's literary adventures thrill, and Anne's characterization in particular is pleasingly congruent with the original character. Escobar's literary-themed silhouettes, reminiscent of Arthur Rackham's, add whimsical flourishes, although the few full-page illustrations do little. Its premise makes it an obvious, wonderful choice for book-loving readers who aren't quite ready for Inkheart's heft. Characters default to white. A loving testament to the powerful magic of books and imagination. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 8, 2019
    Tilly, 11, has lived with her grandparents in their London bookstore, Pages and Co., since her mother’s mysterious disappearance shortly after Tilly’s birth. Tilly struggles to make friends but finally begins to connect with her neighbor Oskar. After she discovers her mother’s box of favorite books, two of Tilly’s favorite characters, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne and Lewis Carroll’s Alice, show up at the shop, and Tilly realizes that she is a bookwanderer: someone who “reads a bit harder than most people” and can be transported inside the story. Together, Tilly and Oskar learn the complicated rules of bookwandering from Tilly’s grandparents and the staff of the Underlibrary, which exists beneath the British Museum. One employee, Enoch Chalk, follows Tilly through various books, and his creepy ways raise her suspicions. As she and Oskar investigate the truth about Chalk, they uncover more about Tilly’s mother, as well as the dangers and magic of bookwandering. Tilly’s friendship struggles and love of reading ground James’s imaginative debut and, together with satisfying twists and a well-constructed bookwanderer’s mythology, create an affectionate ode to books and book lovers. Ages 8–12.

  • School Library Journal

    October 7, 2019

    Gr 5-7-Tilly is an 11-year-old orphan who lives with her grandparents, owners of the magical bookstore Pages & Co. Her adventure begins during winter break when she explores the bookstore and notices unusual characters among the stacks. Her grandparents are alarmed at these sightings because they know these characters materialize out of books-they are fiction made real. They soon suspect that Tilly is able to bookwander, which means she can travel back and forth between the real world and the world of fiction. She especially likes to bookwander with Anne Shirley, of "Anne of Greene Gables," because she feels kinship with her as an orphan. But can Tilly bookwander to find her long-lost family? Readers will want to become familiar with the literary characters Tilly meets. Tilly's grandfather succinctly puts the importance of books into perspective. He says, "The books we love when we're growing up shape us in a special way...The characters in the books we read help us decide who we want to be." VERDICT James's debut will speak to the heart of bibliophiles and is highly recommended for readers young and old. An important reminder of the centrality of stories in shaping our lives.-Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    July 1, 2019
    Grades 3-7 Since her mother's disappearance, 11-year-old Tilly Pages has been raised by her grandparents in their London bookshop, Pages & Co. She doesn't question her origins until the day she witnesses her grandma speaking to one Lizzie Bennet. Soon afterwards, she comes upon her grandad sitting with Sherlock Holmes. After Tilly herself is visited by Anne Shirley (of Green Gables) and Alice (of Wonderland fame), she learns that she comes from a family of bookwanderers, people so intensely connected to books that they can enter story worlds and interact with fictional characters. As Tilly delves deeper into the secret?and increasingly dangerous?world of bookwanderers, the mysteries of her parentage unravel. Well-read youngsters will thrill in joining Tilly as she visits such beloved classics as Treasure Island and A Little Princess. Steeped in magical world building, James' debut pays loving testament to the power of books, and it functions well as a stand-alone adventure while setting the stage for future installments of enormous potential.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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