Published by Scholastic
Due out in March 2017
This is Sylvia Bishop’s second book. I enjoyed her first, Erica’s Elephant when it came out, and wrote a post about it. I have been selling it to all discerning young readers ever since. This, though, I loved. The Jones family, Netty, Michael and Property own the White Stag – a bookshop sited in an old pub.
They are happy enough, though financially things are not quite what they should be.
This is the story of what happens when all that changes, it seems for the better.
Property is our heroine, but she is certainly supported by other the other brilliant characters, including my favourite Gunther, a cat who has decided opinions about things and expresses himself very clearly – very much in the way my Pakka does.
It is a book about book forgeries. Its about dishonesty and it is about integrity too. I read this yesterday – and was amused by this element of the story. In the last year or so a real forgery has been discovered. A fake copy of a book by Galileo – about the moon and astronomy – Sidereus Nuncius (the English translation from the Latin, ‘Sidereal Messenger’). Dad and I saw the original book whilst we were in Italy in September – so I enjoyed the connection with this – and the fact that it is a very small mistake the forgers made in both this fictional forgery and the real one, that meant they were found out.
The Montgomery Book Emporium is like no other shop I have ever heard of – and I am certain I would enjoy working there – should one exist. It is a vast series of shops within one – each opening into a central ‘Front of Shop’ area. I think I would enjoy selling to the customers there, perhaps more than those at Watersones – if only because I would enjoy just moving around the shelves…Perhaps though, if I moved, ‘my’ customers would follow me to The MBE – then it would be even more special…
This is a book for book lovers, book SHOP loves and of course, cat lovers everywhere.
It is wonderful!
I couldn’t find a picture of the cover – so have cheated a bit – the above picture I thought was a suitable one – gleaned from the Internet…I thought he/she was rather beautiful. All bookshops should have their own cat…