Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tilly's Moonlight Garden by Julia Green

Tilly's Moonlight Garden
by Julia Green
208 pages
October 2012

Book Jacket Summary
Tilly just moved into a drafty old mansion, away from all her friends. She spends her afternoons wandering around her new backyard in order to escape the cold, dusty rooms of the house. But one night, Tilly follows a fox she has seen from her bedroom window and he leads her deep into a hidden garden that is nothing short of mesmerizing in the moonlight. This mysterious garden and the special friend she meets there help her rediscover the magic in her own life.
This is the story of an unforgettable time in one girl's life and how a new home, a secret garden, and a little fox can change someone in the most unexpected ways.

My Thoughts
This feels like an old fashioned kind of book that takes place in an old house and a secret garden that only the child knows about but it does have the modern flares. This was a sweet book filled a girl's fear of loosing her mother and moving to a new home during a turbulent time in her life. She sees a fox in the moonlight and her adventure begins. Impossible things can happen at night and Tilly finds a friend in the mysterious Helen, who only comes out to play at night. Tilly is almost unsure if Helen is even real but loves the den they create in a hollow tree.
Tilly is alone for most of the book and has not made friends at her new school. Children can connect with that, especially if they have moved and felt the sting of loneliness. I really enjoyed how Green made the magic of the den seem special just when Tilly needed it most. I liked how you are not sure if Helen was crossing through time or if she was an imaginary friend. It is a great way to get children to think things through and come up with their own conclusion. I am sure that there will be spirited debates between friends who read the book.
Words like jumper (sweater) and other British-isms could throw a few children off but with the Harry Potter generation I am not to worried about handing this one over to a kid. This is a book to look out for and a good afternoon read on a cloudy day.
Book Pairings
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter




  1. I love the first cover of the book. I ADORE children books' covers, they are so unique and lovely.
    This book does look interesting. I wonder how imaginary friends are like, I never had one.
    Anyway, LOVED your review, Karen.
    It was great, as usual.
    Your constant reader,


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