The Bookshop Girl
by Syliva Bishop
Illustrated by Poly BernatenePeachtree, 2018
The Bookshop Girl is a little English mystery that features books, bookshops and a young girl named Property Jones with a very unlikely secret—despite growing up in the family’s book store, Property can't read, although she does manage to keep herself busy,
Property served tea and cake to anyone who wanted to sit in an armchair and read awhile, and she kept the shop smart and tidy. Or she tried to. It didn’t help that everything in the shop was falling apart.
Netty was at the counter, Michael was hovering by the dictionaries, and Property had put the kettle on. The White Hart opened at nine o’clock sharp. (If you are thinking, But the White Hart is the wrong sort of name for a bookshop, then you are quite right, but also quite impatient. I was going to explain. The bookshop used to be the White Hart pub, and it had a very beautiful picture of a white stag hanging outside. When Netty bought the pub and filled it with books, she couldn’t see any good reason to change the name when there such a nice sign already there.)
When the Jones family enters a contest and wins the magnificent Montgomery Book Emporium in London, mystery begins when a silent man arrives at the bookshop,
He was mostly made of a long, gray coat, with a long, gray face perched on top and shabby shoes underneath.
The bookshop crowd
poured around him live a river around a stone.
Who was this strange man and what did he want with their new bookshop? It will take Property’s unique powers of observation to figure it out!
The Bookshop Girl is an illustrated novel for ages 8-12, and features just the sort of humor and asides that I recall appreciating at an early age. The premise of the mystery is unique and instructive, and the peculiar workings of the fanciful Montgomery Book Emporium will read like a dream-come-true.
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Look for The Bookshop Girl on a shelf near you in October.
My copy was provided by the publisher at my request.