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Pages & Co: The Treehouse Library

Authored by Anna James
Illustrated by Marco Guadalupi
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

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The fifth instalment in the Pages & Co series, The Treehouse Library is a great addition to this series. This book picks up right where it left off in the last one. Milo and Alessia travel to find Botanist, on a mission to look for a cure for his uncle. They are against the clock they start this search through the pages of some true fictional classics foraging in the Secret Garden, challenging Robin Hood, and confronting the mighty Jabberwock. The Alchemist is not far behind and will stop at nothing to ensure that he can unlock the powerful secrets of The Book of Books.

Family and friendships make a strong, and possibly complex, core of the novel. There are some moving passages in this book and what was wonderful is the exploration of young people reflecting on the books that made them who they are (as they go ‘bookwandering’). Unlike some magical adventures, this book isn’t fast paced all the way through; it provides the reader time to orient themselves before action occurs and is enjoyable to read in a ‘quieter’ way. If you have children in your class who have a good stamina for reading and are patient for the build-up, then this is a good choice.

The characters in this book are likable and work well together, building their friendship as the story progresses. A great choice for children aged 8+ who love a good long read.