Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency
Publication date
April 6, 2017
Other publishers
S. Fischer Verlag (German), Peachtree (USA), Polyandria (Russian), Zero a Oita (Portuguese), Froebel-Kan (Japanese), Oakhill (UK Audio), Zielona Sowa (Polish), Argon Hoerbuch (German Audio)

The Bookshop Girl

Author: Sylvia Bishop

Eleven-year-old Property Jones doesn’t think it’s odd that she lives in a bookshop. After all, she was found in the shop’s lost property cupboard at five years old, and nobody ever came to collect her – so of course calling the bookshop home seemed like the wisest thing to do in the circumstances.

But when Property’s adopted bookshop family announce that they’ve won a competition, and that the prize is Montgomery’s Book Emporium – the most magical, most magnificent bookshop in the world! – Property realises that not all is as it seems. The bookshop may come with more books than they’ve ever dreamed of (as well as one extremely grumpy cat), but it also comes with a mystery – and Property is determined to solve it.

"Bishop’s voice is breezy and warm, but the book’s real charm is in its celebration of the imaginative power and tactile pleasures of books…Delightful." Observer Children's Book of the Week
"This captivating and enchanting tale filled me with joy. The characterisation is wonderful, with just the right mix of brave children and dastardly baddies – not forgetting the adorable, if not scary, Gunther the kitten…With its winning formula of a heartwarming story and sublime illustrations, it is sure to be a big hit." TES
"A clever, funny romp ideal for reading aloud or for confident readers to enjoy alone" The Scotsman
“Charmingly retro … [a] short, sweet, imaginative tale.” Guardian Children’s Books “Best New” Round-Up
"This is high adventure in gorgeously imaginative settings... a book to be read again and again... The Bookshop Girl has it all" Books-a-Go-Go
"This is a thoroughly enjoyable story that deserves to be read over and over. It has plenty to offer every reader. I just loved it!" Fallen Star Stories
***** - "This is the kind of setting readers used to find in long-ago children’s books... just right for the independent young reader becoming accustomed to enjoying complete novels" Books For Keeps
"The prose reads freely, the plot moves like liquid gold. If I was seven again this is the book that would make me fall in love with reading. And bookshops." Minerva Reads
"There’s a real warmth to this story - as well as lots of laughs" Booktrust
"Beautifully fresh-feeling and original with the sort of main character we just can't get enough of. This is something rather special indeed!" ReadItDaddy Chapter Book of the Week
"This is a book for book lovers, book SHOP lovers and of course, cat lovers everywhere. It is wonderful!" Sue and Pakka's Book Blog