The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams

Mindy Thompson. Viking, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-11037-9
Set in 1944 in Sutton, N.Y., against the backdrop of WWII, this moving examination of pain and power stars bookish, white 13-year-old Poppy Fulbright, who must navigate the painful death of a friend, her brother’s all-consuming grief, and their father’s sudden illness while managing the family’s magical, moody bookshop, which appears to individuals throughout time who need books and community. Despite the promise that she and her brothers, nine-year-old James and 18-year-old Allan, would adhere to the shop’s generations-old rules—including never using its magic for their own gain—Poppy begins to suspect something is amiss when the store begins acting out of character. Worried that Allan is at fault and determined to set things right, Poppy enlists the help of Theo Devlin, a young white shopkeeper at another magical store who understands Poppy’s heartache; 14-year-old Ollie Bell, the energetic, light brown–skinned courier who delivers to the shop; and regulars at the shop whom Poppy has come to consider family. Just as the sentient, time-traveling bookstore functions as a comforting haven, Thompson’s poignant debut offers an opportunity for readers to gently explore the ways in which people respond to and accept loss. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 10/06/2021
Release date: 10/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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