Kick off your middle grade summer reading adventure with The Bookshop Girl! This whimsical and delightful chapter book is the perfect story for young bookworms looking to start their summer reading lists off the right way. It’s a book for book lovers. Middle readers will love following along with the Joneses as they embark on a thrilling quest to save the Great Montgomery Book Emporium from a nasty villain.
The Joneses are lucky enough to win the Emporium in a contest, and it’s every book lover’s dream! Filled with rooms upon rooms of marvelous wonders, the simple pull of a lever bring forth the Room of Woodland Tales with its squirrels and mice, the rocket ship in the Room of Space Adventures, the aquarium ceiling in the Room of Ocean Tales, and so much more! But there is more to the Emporium than its thousands of books in extravagant displays. In fact, the previous owner is hiding something that could destroy absolutely everything for the Joneses, and Property Jones has a whopper of a secret too that might just be the key to saving her family and their bookshop.
Author Sylvia Bishop’s exceptional and fantastical U.S. debut features a cast of memorable characters, including the resourceful Property Jones herself and her cantankerous kitten side-kick, beautiful descriptions of the tactile pleasures of books, and the magical transporting quality bookstores can have for readers. Poly Bernatene’s endearing illustrations bring these quirky characters and their many adventures to life.
Can’t wait to read this whimsical chapter book? Read an excerpt! You can also hear from author Sylvia Bishop about her inspiration for the story in this Q&A, answer some fun questions with this free discussion guide, and find out which The Bookshop Girl character you’re most like in this personality quiz!
“Whimsical… Lively writing, broad humor, and a fast-paced plot will capture and keep readers’ interest, particularly those who, like the author and her characters, love books.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Winsome… Bishop’s fast-paced story charms and entertains.… A funny, inventive tale ideal for booklovers.” ―Booklist