The Lost Fairy Tales

Philomel. (Pages & Co.: Bk. 2). May 2020. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781984837295.
Gr 5-7–In this series sequel, Tilly and her friend Oskar try to rescue lost fairy tales, a particular challenge because they are changeable stories based on oral traditions. Luckily, Tilly and Oskar both come from families of bookwanderers, meaning they can travel back and forth between the real world and the world of fiction. Tilly’s grandmother has even bookwandered into fairy tales and knows about mapping stories given her past work in a map room of the Underlibrary, a hidden magical library. Bookwandering becomes fraught with difficulties as Enoch Chalk, a renegade Source (fictional) character, is still missing and Amelia, the Head Librarian of the Underlibrary, is losing her job. Her replacement, Melville Underwood, immediately begins to limit bookwandering. Underwood’s shadowy past and hints of danger intrigue Tilly and Oskar, who bookwander in secret. As they morph inside stories, book magic happens and the text transmogrifies too. As gateways between books appear, plot holes open and book magic leaks.
VERDICT This series is made for book-lovers and attests to the power and importance of stories.

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