Tilly's Moonlight Garden

illus. by Paul Howard. 200p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7730-6; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7731-3.
Gr 3–6—Tilly's family has just moved, and she is lonely. Her father, a writer, does not seem to know how to communicate with her, and her mother is having a difficult pregnancy. Then the child discovers a magic garden and makes a new friend, who helps her appreciate the wonderful things in her own life and to accept the changes taking place. This is a sweet and quiet book that thoughtful readers will enjoy. Kids undergoing big changes themselves will appreciate the difficulty Tilly experiences while trying to adapt and will relate to her. The story draws the obvious comparison to The Secret Garden. A pleasant, gentle book for larger collections.—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA

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