Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Tilly's Moonlight Garden

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Review - Tilly's Moonlight Garden

About the Book
In Tilly’s Moonlight Garden, Tilly’s parents inherit an old, furnished mansion. Away from all of her friends, and worried about her un-well mother who is experiencing pregnancy complications, Tilly spends her afternoons exploring the gardens behind the house. One night, awoken by a strange noise, Tilly looks out of her bedroom window and sees a wild fox watching her from the lawn. Tilly follows it through a hidden gate and is amazed to discover a secret, moonlit garden. She returns the following night but this time a young girl called Helen is already there waiting for her. Tilly and Helen become fast friends, but Helen remains elusive about where she lives and why Tilly only encounters her in this seemingly magical woods. Over the Christmas season and into the spring, Tilly and her parents welcome a new arrival to their family, and Tilly befriends a recent arrival at her school. But when Helen bids her farewell, Tilly wonders: was Helen real or only a figment of her imagination?

About the Author
Julia Green writes teen/young adult novels about relationships, emotions, and real-life: important things like birth, death, and love. Green is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University where she is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People. She’s the mother of two sons and lives in Bath, England. Her critically acclaimed three novels for young adults will be published in the U.S. in September by Bloomsbury.

Suspenseful and heartwarming, Tilly’s Moonlight Garden will appeal to readers of Charlotte’s Web and Breadcrumbs.

My Take on the Book
This was a delightful book that presents an amazing world that any child would love to explore. The book itself was definitely an engaging read and one that I found that I could not put down. The author keeps you guessing through the story about who Helen really is which is something that I always enjoy in a book. The book itself presented a great story of friendship, but also something much deeper. The hidden gem in this story was the relationships that the author builds between Helen and Tilly. This relationship was strong and you end up wanting to see it continue to flourish and grow by the end of the story. The story also is a story of growth as you see Tilly grow stronger, dealing with concerns and issues that many children face. The author has done a great job at writing a book that so many will enjoy!

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1 comment:

Julia Green said...

Thank you for your lovely review of this novel! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.
Best wishes,
Julia Green ( the author!)