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The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King

The Bookshop Girl is a fabulous mystery for all book lovers. Property Jones and her family win The Montgomery Book Emporium in a raffle and it sounds absolutely amazing, an out of this world bookshop experience that leads you to discover books on any topic.

The Story: Property Jones lives in a small bookshop with Michael and his mum Netty but their lives change when they win The Montgomery Book Emporium and move to London. They arrive at Arthur H. Montgomery’s magnificent bookshop but after showing them around he is in a hurry to leave. Next day the mystery deepens when Mr Eliot Pink appears in the shop. There are so many unanswered questions and mysteries to solve – Who is Eliot Pink and what does he want? Why did Montgomery run away? And will anybody find out that Property can’t read?

At the beginning of The Bookshop Girl we learn that Property has successfully managed to hide the fact that she can’t read from Michael and Netty. However, despite her illiteracy, she very quickly learns how to decode many of the picture-dials in the shop so that she can help customers to find particular books and it doesn’t stop her being the mastermind behind a plan to save The Montgomery Book Emporium.

The Montgomery Book Emporium has a complicated system of rotating stacks and books are sorted into rooms that reflect their contents – The Room of Bedtime Stories contains beds for you to curl up on to read, there’s a Room of Woodland Tales and a Room of Space Adventures. It sounds absolutely amazing – a book lover’s paradise! Ashley King’s illustrations reveal more about the intricate workings of the library, not only do we see it from the customer’s point of view but events in the story also take us behind the scenes. We love Ashley’s portrayals of each character, especially the expressions on evil Eliot Pink’s face and Montgomery’s ‘most magnificent moustache’!

Property is a wonderfully determined heroine and her inability to read doesn’t stop her from coming up with an extremely cunning plan to save the bookshop from villainous Eliot Pink who is hiding a secret of his own. She is helped by Gunther, the Book Emporium’s grumpy cat who immediately takes a shine to Property, and Michael as they uncover a dastardly plot to defraud book lovers all over the country.

The Bookshop Girl is a story that we couldn’t put down, we just wanted to read on to discover who Eliot Pink was and what he was up to. The story moves at a fast pace and at times Property has to think quickly to keep herself out of danger. But there is also humour in the book and as the story progressed we were really hoping that Property’s secret would be discovered so that she can also enjoy reading all the books in The Montgomery Book Emporium.

Age Range: 8+

Author: Sylvia Bishop / Illustrator: Ashley King

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24 responses to “The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King”

  1. Sian avatar

    What an interesting plot! I’ve bookmarked this for when my girls are a bit older.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really a fun story and unlike any other that we’ve read. I hope your girls will enjoy it too 🙂

  2. Shell Louise avatar

    I’m having trouble finding the words that show how much I really want to read this book with my girls. It sounds absolutely wonderful and I’m off to Amazon now to add it to my basket!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope you enjoy it. It was difficult to write the review without giving too much away!

  3. Suz avatar

    I like the sound of this book and I love the cover.
    great review

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Suz. It’s a great book 🙂

  4. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... avatar

    Sounds like an interesting book, we’re looking for chapter books suitable for 7 year olds to read in the evenings as a bed time book #triedtested

    1. Catherine avatar

      If you click on the chapter book link at the bottom of this post you’ll find lots of our favourite books for 7 year olds.

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a great book. I think my 9 year old would love it.

    1. Catherine avatar

      She’s the perfect age for the story 🙂

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    Sounds a lovely tween reading book, so great to encourage this age group #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great middle grade book for both sexes to read – lots of mystery and intrigue 🙂

  7. Acorn Books avatar

    I love the sound of this book, sounds like one to really get your teeth into. Also, what an amazing raffle prize! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It would be so amazing to win a bookshop in a raffle!!

  8. BookBairn avatar

    Oooooo I can’t wait to read this one! Top of my to-buy list! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. We’ve just started reading it for a second time!!

  9. Lisa avatar

    This sounds absolutely fabulous, I wish I had a younger child because my two would have loved this a few years ago #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      They may still enjoy it now. I did!

  10. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    This sounds a lovely book. What a great storyline. Never mind the children. I’d like to read it #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is definitely a story that adults will enjoy. I wanted to read on to see what happened just as much as my daughter did!!

  11. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds absolutely lovely! I read a lot of kids’ books for my work and I’d be very happy if I had to read this one 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great. We really couldn’t out it down 🙂

  12. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    I just love the front cover of this book! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great picture of a great character 🙂