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Nov 20 2019

Tilly and the lost fairy tales by Anna James

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Pages and Co book 2. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019. ISBN: 9780008229900.
Recommended for readers aged 11+. In a world where magic happens within the pages of books, Tilly Page and her friend Oskar are Bookwanderers on the hunt to solve a mystery from within the pages of the stories themselves. Their travel to Paris, as a distraction after their adventure from book 1, Tilly and the bookwanderers, in the Pages and Co series, does not really work to take their attention from this drama as they are soon plunged into the Fairy tale world that seems to be unravelling. Political intrigue within the Bookwandering world seems intent on creating further havoc and Tilly might just hold the solution. And along the way, Tilly gets to talk to Prince Charming, Rapunzel and Anne (with an 'e) from Green Gables.
Because this is the second book of the series, it is best read in sequence and as a continuation of the original drama. It is an engaging and unique fiction and fantasy exploration that will appeal to lovers of fantasy. Intricate and yet set within the context of story, plot and setting of well-known children's or classic fairytales or books (and within bookshops and Libraries with unusual 'magical' qualities), there will be a cohort of readers who will love the convolutions of this adventure and will want to keep turning pages and adventure with Tilly and her family. Themes: Fairy Tales; Fantasy; Adventure.
Carolyn Hull

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