Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages and Co book 1) by Anna James – Book Review


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.

My Thoughts

I read Tilly and the Book Wanderers (Pages and Co book 1) as one of our monthly middle grade book club choices.  If you love middle grade books and would like to join us (we’re very casual) check out  @middlegrademarvels over on twitter.

It’s taken me a long time to write my review for this delightful children’s book but it’s one that I simply couldn’t forget about.  It’s a must for avid readers from 8 and up and who doesn’t love a book that’s about books?

Tilly lives with her grandparents in a large bookshop spanning several floors.  She discovers that her family are book wanderers and possess the ability to move in and out of books and converse with character and sets off on a mission to find out why her mum disappeared when she was younger.  I loved book wandering with Tilly, in and out of classics such as Alice, Anne of Green Gables and The Little Princess.  It’s such a magical story that brings known stories to life in such a clever way.   

Everything in this novel is described with such beautiful and vivid description.  I want to live in the bookshop too!  There are spiral staircases, a book themed café with sumptuous snacks, armchairs and cosy fireplaces and loads of little nooks to hide and read in.  It is my dream home (and job).  As Tilly begins her adventures and learns more about her heritage, everything is described so visually – making it easy for younger readers to imagine and join every step of the adventure. 

The plot will delight any reader and I am certain we have all wished we could be in a book many times.  It’s jam packed full of adventure, magic and a few twists and is a perfect story to share with children.    

I cannot wait to read more of the series and go on more adventures with Tilly.


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