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Tilly and the Bookwanderers

(Pages & Co. #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  111 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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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
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
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.
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 ...more
Char (lunarchar_)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stored-at-uni, owned
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.
Michaela's Journey into Books
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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
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.
theresa 🌸🥑
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!
A Lib Tech Reads
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed

Tilly and the Bookwanderers, by Anna James
Rating: 3/5
Release date: September 18, 2018
Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.

I feel like this middle grade novel was written specifically for book lovers/bookworms; the entire plot and most of the literary references might get lost on those who dread picking up a book in general. All in all, this wasn't a bad read but it also wasn't great.

I appreciate what Anna James has created in her fantastical world of bookwander
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 t
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)
by Anna James

Have you ever got lost in a good book? Imagine if you could really get lost.

Since her mother's disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop,

Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can b
A M Y - L O U I S E tomeswithtea
Pages & Co tells the story of Matilda (Tilly) Pages. Tilly doesn’t really know anything about her dad, and her mum disappeared when she was very small, so she lives with her grandparents, Elisabeth and Archie, in the family bookstore, Pages & Co..

Tilly, as someone with few friends, often finds comfort in the pages of books. That is, until Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland wander out of their books to join her in the bookstore.Everything is turned upside down when Tilly reali
Alicia Ingram
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I guessed most of the ending but this book is for 10 year olds and I am 23 so I can't really be annoyed.
This is the PERFECT book for children who love to read or adults who love to read and written in such a wholesome way by someone who clearly loves books. It was magical and I hope lots of people get to love this book too.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I ADORED this book. It was so cute!
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely incredible adventure told through the life of Matilda Pages - a bookwanderer, book store inhabitant and all around brilliant young girl. I loved this story. There are baddies to be terrified of, good guys to root for, unexpected friends, lots of mentions of other books and so much more. This book is what’s so brilliant about all books - adventure, magic, getting lost, being found, friendships and discoveries. I can not wait for more from this series.
Callum McLaughlin
If the notion of escapism through books has even been important to you (especially as a child), then I can't see how you could fail to adore this book. Making my way through it was one of the most delightful reading experiences I've had for quite some time.

It's the kind of children's novel that works on two separate yet entirely harmonious levels. For younger readers, it's an enchanting and intriguing story full of awe and adventure; whilst for adults, there are playful literary references that
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, this book is middle grade perfection! It’s just fun. And light hearted despite the sinister notes sometimes. Plus the UK hardback is genuinely one of the most gorgeous books I own. Which is always nice ;)

Tilly is a good lead - brave and daring and a little tempestuous. She comes across as the 11 year she is too, which I liked - sometimes characters seem too old. I also liked Oskar as her friend, though that was more as the book went on, initially I was less convinced. Actually with T
Lana Shupe
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How could I not love a book where my two favorite fictional childhood characters play themselves, but in different roles within the book's setting? How could I not lose myself in the pages of a book that promotes the idea that people can wander in books? How could I not find myself lost-and found-in a book that talks about a world map of bookshops and wants readers to set their own compass within the pages of books?

Tilly and the the Bookwanderers fulfills so many of the characteristics I love in
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Tilly has always loved books and practically grew up in a bookshop. One day she realises she can see characters from the books in real life and before long she is having tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter and going to school with Anne of Green Gables. She finds out she and her grandparents are Bookwanders, people with the special ability to go in and out of books as they wish, as long as they stick to the many, many rules! Maybe this magic can help her find out what happened to cause her mother t ...more
Karen Mace
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a sweet and charming book that is going to appeal to readers of all ages - especially those of us who love books and the wonderful worlds we all create in our minds as in this book those characters we think of as friends come to life!

Set in a bookshop - the best places to set a book! - we meet Tilly and her grandparents live and work, and where the magic starts to happen! Characters are spotted wandering around bringing comfort to Tilly as she sets out to find out what really happened to
Victoria Larsen Stø
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delight!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most delightfully magical books that I've read in long time. It took me back to my childhood days of reading Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I adored Tilly and Oskar and of course all of the book characters she meets on her adventures. Cannot wait for more.
Becca Hunter
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect blend of cosy nostalgia and gripping adventure with a bit of mystery all cooked up in a big pot. Autumn, a bookshop, hot chocolates, and wandering into the world of Anne of Green Gables. This has been one of my favourite reads this year.
Miss Cleveland
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
This is every booklovers dream, irresistibly brought to life - a magic I’m sure is real!

I adored Tilly & Oskar, and if Jack ever releases a cook book, I’ll be right there at the front of the queue.

Full review to follow on my blog.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read so many children's books and each year only a few really stick in my memory but this one will definitely be in my mind for a very long time - it is just wonderful! I love the whole idea of being able to enter a book world and meet your favourite characters , who would you want to meet? I'd be straight off to Hogwarts to meet Luna! This is a cosy, entrancing read and I didn't want it to end. Without a doubt it is a book written by a bibliophile for fellow book lovers and it would be a perf ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has everything to make a great reading: an amazing edition, lovable main characters and a story centered on books. However, it didn't work for me. I rated as a 3 as Goodreads doesn't accept half grades but it's a 2.5/5 for me.

There were some elements I liked:

First, the book by itself, the publisher did a wonderful job on this one and the reading is punctuated by lovely illustrations. It was a cover-buy and even if the story was not exceptionnal I can keep a lovely book.
I also liked the
Rebecca Rouillard
Tilly Pages lives with her grandparents and spends most of her time in the family bookstore, Pages and Co. Her grandparents have strange visitors who dress and speak as though they are from another time or place. Then one day Tilly receives some visitors of her own who are weirdly familiar and she discovers a new world that is as thrilling as it is dangerous. Perhaps this new world may even offer some answers about where her mother disappeared to. This is an enchanting story about family, friend ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I start my review I am just going to say that this is actually a 4.5. I usually don’t say why the book loses 1 point, 2 points etc, but I thought I really needed to mention why this book loses 0.5. The first page is an excellent start but the next 50 pages or so wasn’t the best written, so that is why it loses 0.5. Now to get into the positive!😁😂 The characters were fabulously written, Tilly is so likeable whereas Enoch Chalk was very dislikeable. I loved how it centred on ‘book wandering ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I have ever wanted.

I have such a fondness for books about books. But this book is also filled with magic, wonder and imagination which made my heart swell.

Pages and Co is a bookshop that has been taken out of my dreams and I really hope it is based on a real place because I would like to move in immediately.

This book is perfect for readers of all ages and I think every reader will relate to a few of the many beautiful quotes about books and the love of stories and read
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