Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co., Book 2)

Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co., Book 2)

Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co., Book 2)
Anna James

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008229900

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author. Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly's powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . . On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after? The second enthralling tale in the bestselling PAGES & CO series.

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Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co., Book 2)4/5

Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (Pages & Co., Book 2)

Anna James

Review

This sequel to Tilly and the Bookwanderers finds Tilly and her friend Oskar adventuring deeper into the world of the Underlibraries and 'bookwandering' into fairy tales, where things seem to be going very wrong. Inky black plot holes are appearing all over the stories and characters are not where they should be! The political machinations of the powers-that-be at the Underlibrary are causing consternation and as Christmas approaches, a trip to Paris leads Tilly to take risks and uncover sinister goings-on in book worlds, tied to those in the real world.

Readers will benefit from having read the first volume, and the conspiracies of the Underlibrarians demand concentration, but those familiar with Tilly's world will enjoy meeting characters old and new, and walking with Tilly as she learns more about herself and her family, as well as beginning to unravel the mysteries afoot. But be warned, this book does not draw any neat conclusions and readers will be left eagerly awaiting publication of the third volume in the trilogy!

James's writing is punchy and engaging, with authentic dialogue supporting the narrative prose. Tilly is warm, believable and the tensions in her developing relationship with her mother and with other adults around her as she seeks to assert her growing independence all ring true. Interesting ideas about the origins and complexity of the fairy tale tradition will promote thoughtful discussion for readers. The political intricacies in the narrative warrant a recommended age of 10+.

400 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Lucy Russell, teacher

Reviewed by: Lucy Russell