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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!"Mr. Lemoncello would love to go bookwandering at Pages and Co. If you love...
A USA Today Bestselling book!A Barnes & Noble Book of the Month!A 2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!A National Bestseller!"Mr. Lemoncello would love to go bookwandering at Pages and Co. If you love...
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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!
    "Mr. Lemoncello would love to go bookwandering at Pages and Co. If you love books, you're going to LOVE this book!"—Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series.
    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:
    *"Highly recommended for readers young and old. An important reminder of the centrality of stories in shaping our lives." —School Library Journal, starred review
    "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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  • From the cover 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 up the 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...

About the Author-

  • Anna James is a writer and journalist. She was a school librarian before joining The Bookseller as their Book News Editor. She now writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and chairs events at bookshops and literary festivals across the UK. She lives in north London, in a flat full of books. Visit Anna online at anna-james.com. Follow her on Twitter @acaseforbooks.

Reviews-

  • AudioFile Magazine Aysha Kala delivers an innocent and awed performance in the narration of Anna James's first book. Tilly, an 11-year-old, lives in London with her grandparents above their beloved bookshop, Pages & Co. Kala voices Tilly with the appropriate dreaminess and curiosity--and a fabulous English accent. Soon, Tilly gets pulled into the books she loves so much and discovers her family's secret of being able to wander into the stories they read. Starting on her own grand adventure to find her mother, she travels into many children's classics, meeting many characters. Although Kala performs the story well, her lack of differentiation between voices makes it hard to follow. Nonetheless, the story's premise will appeal to booklovers of all ages. S.K.G. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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