Tilly's Moonlight Garden by Julia Green has been on my MMGM to post about list for a few weeks now.
I wanted to wait until it was closer to the publish date and we are indeed close. October 2 is when this book will be released and I say it's one to buy or head to your library to borrow.
Pub Date:Oct. 1st, 2012
From back of publisher provided ARC via Raincoast Books: Tilly just moved into a drafty old mansion, away from all of her friends. She spends her afternoons wandering around her new backyard in order to excape the cold, dusty rooms of the new 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 magic in the moonlight. This mysterious garden and the special friend she meets there help her rediscover the magic in her own life.
Tilly's life is turned upside down when her mother and father move her away from everything she knows and into a mansion that is anything but elegant and wonderful. For Tilly it is no dream location that she falls in love with at sight. It's cold, dusty and old. Not only that, her mother is bedridden and her health and the health of the baby she is carrying is uncertain. Or at least uncertain enough to worry Tilly, even though she's been told she doesn't need to. All of these things factor into Tilly's current state of being, filled with uncertainty and unhappiness. Her world is not what it was and Tilly is alone, lost and the victim of school yard bullying because she's the new kid. It makes her quiet.
The author captures the tone and feel of a young girl struggling in a world she is not used to. A young girl who has left behind her friends and who is worried about her mother and what is happening at school. The book has quiet and thoughtful tone because Tilly is a quiet a thoughtful child who doesn't want to upset her parents. Plus, there is a magic in how the author describes the night time. Soft and whispery words that make you feel as if you are with Tilly as she steps into the night to follow the fox. A rather brave thing for her to do when you think of everything she is going through. But, you know, Tilly is brave. I truly enjoyed how the author wove this story to show how brave you can be, how you can find your way, even when there is much to fear and you feel surrounded by dark and cold. The world can still be filled with magic, you only need to find it and when you do there is a friend or two who will help you along the way. And that's where the real magic is. Would you like a chance to win a copy of this? I'll pre-order it for a commenter chosen by Random Org.
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Until next time everyone...Happy MMGM. Don't forget to check out the brains behind this day, Shannon Messenger, because she has links to more marvelousness AND she's letting me double up on my MMGM with my guest post on THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand.