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Tilly and the Bookwanderers

(Pages & Co. #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,951 ratings  ·  848 reviews
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 cla
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Anna James So sorry for the confusion, the books have slightly different titles in the UK and the US. Basically the the US titles don't have "Tilly and" in them …moreSo sorry for the confusion, the books have slightly different titles in the UK and the US. Basically the the US titles don't have "Tilly and" in them but they are the same books. Hope the below is helpful:
Book 1: UK - Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Sept 2018) / US - The Bookwanderers (Sept 2019)
Book 2: UK - Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Sept 2019) / US - The Lost Fairy Tales (May 2020)
Book 3: UK - Tilly and the Map of Stories (Sept 2020) / US - The Map of Stories (tbc) (Sept 2020)

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Lucy Langford
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The books we love when we’re growing up shape us in a special way.

This was so cute !! A delightful novel for book lovers.

This book features 11 year old Tilly, who lives with her Grandparents in their bookshop called Pages & Co. She has lived in the bookshop ever since her mother suddenly disappeared with no idea as to where she went or why.

Tilly’s favourite books, especially, are Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Anne if Green Gables. One day Tilly’s favourite book characters appear in the sh
Dannii Elle
"Books can change minds and change worlds, open doors and open minds, 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. It's why books are often casualties of censorship; those who ban or burn books are those who are scared of what can be found among their pages."

I am absolutely enamoured with every single thing about this book. I don't think I've had such a connection with a chi
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This magical book was a wander-ous read!

Tilly seems to have a special ability awakened when two of her all-time favourite fictional characters visit her at her grandparents' book shop - Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and Anne of Anne of Green Gables. Not only can they visit her, but she can visit them by entering their books and traversing their worlds. But there are rules to being a book wanderer and things can become very dangerous if she finds herself at the end of one of their stories. At t
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Spencer Orey
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
A sweet book about reading and loving stories. Bookwandering is a cool meta kind of magic and seems like a promising thing to base a series on.

I think it's an interesting gambit to base a MG book on classics like this, and I'm glad it worked. Like, do kids these days still read Anne of Green Gables or A Little Princess? Will this make them want to? The references to Harry Potter made more sense to me, and it's fun that a book like this can have its own story but also exist in a relationship to s
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh I gave this little book 4 stars, it’s a middle grade novel that takes me back to some of my still favorite books to this day , Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Holmes makes an appearance and so does Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice,and most importantly A Little Princess. With the help of Anne and Alice our main character Tilly goes book wondering . She is raised by her grandparents due to her mom being missing , behind a book store they own. The nostalgia of this novel made t ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2020
1.) Tilly and the Bookwanderers ★★★★★
2.) Tilly and the Lost Fairytales ★★★★★



"Our stories are how we will be remembered - so we've got to make sure they are worth telling."

representation: dyslexia, being a child of a non-nuclear family, characters of colour (described as having brown skin.)

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


- A book about books. What more
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

“Be brave, be curious, be kind.”

I have the most wonderful friends. And those I talk to the most, I’ve never even met in person. There’s a group of us (most of whom now write for the blog we built together, Novel Notions) who talk almost every single day. For the past three years, we’ve sent each other birthday presents and Secret Santa gifts for Christmas. Almost always books, of course. We’ve been there for each other through both extreme hard
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh this was great! Tilly and Oskar are such wonderful characters and it was a real thrill to follow their adventure. The way characters like Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) and Anne (from Anne of Green Gables) are woven in is lovely and touching. The story was clever, fun and often quite unexpected. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Lauren James
Jul 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: ukya
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.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“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 a
Tilly Booth
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
"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 adrenaline rush just before you open a new book? The thrill of being surrounded by fellow book lovers? That is what fuels bookwandering, and it comes to life in bookshops."

I really loved this warm, cozy, imaginative book. It brings to life every child's fantasy o
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
Cute middle grade read, though I didn’t wind up as invested in it as I would have liked to be! The world of bookwanderers and their ability was fun, and the literary nods made me smile too.
This is quite different to what I usually read, because it's a) middle grade and b) fantasy, but I'm SO glad I decided to give the audiobook a go! It's such cozy story all about getting lost in books (sometimes quite literary) and celebrating the wonders and unadulterated joy of reading. I loved learning about the world of bookwandering and accompanying Tilly and Oscar on their bookish adventures. I'll definitely listen to the second book in this series when it comes out because I'm actually rea ...more
Elena Robertson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars this was a clever and brilliantly woven story that I think children and adults alike will enjoy... especially if they are avid readers who secretly would love to be Book Wanderers. I will definitely read more when they come out
In this charming middle-grade novel, Matilda Pages literally travels into the children’s books sold at her grandparents’ London bookshop, Pages & Co., including Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. She learns that bookwandering is a magical family tradition with its own strict rules, administered by the staff of the British Underlibrary. As Tilly and her friend Oskar explore the pages of Treasure Island and A Little Princess, which was her departed mother’s favorite book, they learn tha ...more
Michaela (Journey into Books)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favourites
*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
Char (lunarchar_)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first purchased this novel as I loved Anna as a Youtuber and I knew this was a book about books. I did not expect to adore this to the extent I did but oh my goodness I fell in love. There was some predictability but equally some shock factors. It was wildly original and it’s made me want to read Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland asap. I’m so excited for future instalments.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for book lovers.

Who doesn't love a book about books that's set in a bookshop. There are also some absolute classics mentioned in here. I mean granted I haven't read any of the ones mentioned but it was nice to hear about them. 👍🏼😁
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super adorable and imaginatively creative!
Gabriela Pop
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
While I'm well aware that the actual target audience for this book is middle school aged children, I think it has the potential to appeal for bibliophiles of all ages. I knew I was meant to fall in love with it ever since I first read the story and become even more sure once I heard Anna talk about it at events, but I don't think I ever could have imagined just how much this little book would actually get to me.
While I didn't have much else in common with Tilly besides a love for books and a bit
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
11-year old Matilda (Tilly) Pages lives with her grandparents at their book shop, Pages & Co. Her mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was a baby and all she knows about her father is that he died. Tilly begins seeing two girls in the bookshop: red-headed Anne and Alice, who happen to be Anne (of Green Gables) and Alice (from Wonderland.) They are able to take her into their stories and bring her back. I especially liked Anna James' clever mechanism of transportation. Event ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this sweet tale, set in a book shop, of a girl that can 'book wander.' The idea of magically appearing in your favourite book would certainly have appealed to me as a child. Unfortunately I felt, a little, that the author was on a bit of a nostalgia trip with her references to children's classics like Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess, Peter and Jane (although this last one did make me smile a lot). I hope these references would encourage young readers today to pick up some of ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
omg this was the perfect middle grade book for people who love books as much as i do.also i really want to bookwander to Hogwarts rn.and Avonlea of course!
Laura Noakes
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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 b
Odette Brethouwer
This is an amazing book. I might have just read my favorite book of 2019 already.

This book is everything you wish for. Let's start with the looks. The dust cover is amazingly beautiful, with the illustrations and the colors and the gold. Underneath the dust cover is a wonderful surprise, the design is amazing.

And throughout the book are little illustrations - a few whole pages but mostly little doodles at the side of the pages, and they really add something to the story. Sometimes the letters a
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolute gem of a book. A wonderful read for youth and for anyone who loves books, libraries and bookstores and really wants to fall into them all.
What is strange about its listing on Goodreads is that it says there is no hardcover; but I read it in hardcover and it came out in September 2019 by Philomel Books after being published in Great Britain the previous year.

Oda Renate
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly enjoyed this book.
The conzept was well done and fun.
I did predict bits and pieces but not everything and it was very enjoyable still, the setting, the characters, the plot. Highly recomended it for all the aspects.
It seems to be the first in a series which I will love to follow.
Hadas Tsury
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book! Such a fun read.
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