Monday, May 12, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

Tilly's Moonlight Garden
by Julia Green

Amazon Description:
Tilly just moved into a drafty old mansion, away from all her friends. She spends her afternoons wandering around her new backyard in order to escape the cold, dusty rooms of the house. But one night, Tilly follows a fox she has seen from her bedroom window and he leads her deep into a hidden garden that is nothing short of mesmerizing in the moonlight. This mysterious garden and the special friend she meets there help her rediscover the magic in her own life.

My Thoughts:
Ms. Green's book, frankly, took me by surprise. What begins as a simple, sweet story becomes a deep and thoughtful novel; one that would entertain and intrigue any young girl. Filled with a magical and imaginative plot, lovely settings, a well-developed protagonist, and the inclusion of the natural world, this book was a winner for me. Julia Green is a veteran author and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University in England. I would highly recommend Tilly's Moonlight Garden to female readers from the ages of eight to twelve.

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  1. I read this book too, and just loved it. It was so original, and had such a magical feel to it. And the illustrations were lovely too!

    1. The illustrations WERE lovely - something I forgot to mention! Have a great week, Elizabeth.

  2. I wish I would have had all these books when I was a child. This is definitely going on the list. I love anything with gardens and I love the cover and the lettering. Very atmospheric.

    1. You mentioned this book's cover and the lettering, and that brings up a good point: As writers we are primarily concerned with the text of our stories, and rightfully so; but once a manuscript comes to life, there are so many additional elements that can bring the story to life. Since I collect children's books, I think of this quite often. My favorite books seem to have brought ALL the elements together to create a classic book for children - and that incudes the cover and its font. Thanks, Sara.