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What does all the magic in the world matter if it can't save the ones you love? For self-proclaimed bookstore lovers and fans of Pages & Co. comes an exploration of the way war can shape a family, in the tradition of Pax and Wolf Hollow. It's 1944 Sutton, NY, and Poppy's family owns and runs, Rhyme and Reason, a magical bookshop that caters to people from all different plac What does all the magic in the world matter if it can't save the ones you love? For self-proclaimed bookstore lovers and fans of Pages & Co. comes an exploration of the way war can shape a family, in the tradition of Pax and Wolf Hollow. It's 1944 Sutton, NY, and Poppy's family owns and runs, Rhyme and Reason, a magical bookshop that caters to people from all different places and time periods. Though her family's world is ravaged by World War II, their customers hail from their past and their future, infusing the shop with a delightful mix of ideas and experiences. The shop runs on a set of rules handed down from one generation of bookseller to the next, with their cardinal rule their most strict: shopkeepers must never use the magic for themselves. But then Poppy's brother's best friend is killed in the war and her brother wants to use the magic to save him. Young Poppy is caught between her love for her brother and loyalty to her family, all the while knowing that her brother's actions could have devastating consequences that reach far beyond the bookshop, feeding an insidious, growing darkness.


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What does all the magic in the world matter if it can't save the ones you love? For self-proclaimed bookstore lovers and fans of Pages & Co. comes an exploration of the way war can shape a family, in the tradition of Pax and Wolf Hollow. It's 1944 Sutton, NY, and Poppy's family owns and runs, Rhyme and Reason, a magical bookshop that caters to people from all different plac What does all the magic in the world matter if it can't save the ones you love? For self-proclaimed bookstore lovers and fans of Pages & Co. comes an exploration of the way war can shape a family, in the tradition of Pax and Wolf Hollow. It's 1944 Sutton, NY, and Poppy's family owns and runs, Rhyme and Reason, a magical bookshop that caters to people from all different places and time periods. Though her family's world is ravaged by World War II, their customers hail from their past and their future, infusing the shop with a delightful mix of ideas and experiences. The shop runs on a set of rules handed down from one generation of bookseller to the next, with their cardinal rule their most strict: shopkeepers must never use the magic for themselves. But then Poppy's brother's best friend is killed in the war and her brother wants to use the magic to save him. Young Poppy is caught between her love for her brother and loyalty to her family, all the while knowing that her brother's actions could have devastating consequences that reach far beyond the bookshop, feeding an insidious, growing darkness.

30 review for The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wowza! This book took me by surprise. SO gripping, moving, impactful, & amazing. I don’t even know what awesome thing to start with. Ok, ATMOSPHERE! 1944 New York, & this BOOK SHOP! OMG, this might be the best bookshop I’ve ever read about. Rhyme & Reason is a character in itself. I love it with my whole heart. The vivid details the author gives you, paints the most perfect vision of cozy, magical, & beautiful book goodness ever lol The magical bookshops find certain people when they need them m Wowza! This book took me by surprise. SO gripping, moving, impactful, & amazing. I don’t even know what awesome thing to start with. Ok, ATMOSPHERE! 1944 New York, & this BOOK SHOP! OMG, this might be the best bookshop I’ve ever read about. Rhyme & Reason is a character in itself. I love it with my whole heart. The vivid details the author gives you, paints the most perfect vision of cozy, magical, & beautiful book goodness ever lol The magical bookshops find certain people when they need them most. People travel from all different times. The magic that makes this possible is complicated though. The bookshops keeps the “light”, but the “dark” is always trying to find a way back in. So you have the light/dark, or good vs evil. It’s very symbolic in a way too, because what makes it easier for the dark to get in, are during the darkest moments in our life. Then there’s the real life magic of book/stories connecting people, & bringing people together. The customers of Rhyme & Reason are part of Poppy’s family, bonded to this shop & this family by something truly special. All of that’s part of the light. Then there’s the dark. I won’t say the reason the dark gets an opening, etc. But tragedy & painful things in life test us all, & we all have a choice what we do with that pain, & anger. We don’t always make the right choice, we’re human after all. So you can see all sides in this, the gray area of morality I guess. But there are just some things we should never mess with, but I can see how it would be hard if you had the chance though. Poppy is the sweetest little bean. So much comes down on her shoulders all at once, & she has to almost be an adult in a way out of nowhere. Everything that is happening would be too much for the strongest adult, but she gives it her all, & I adore her. All the characters are terrific, & so well written. Her parents(especially her papa), her brothers, Ollie who delivers mail between the other bookshops & the council, & Theo-her friend from another bookshop & they write letters back & forth. The letters are written out in page for us to read as well, & I loved that. So great. What 1 person in here wants to do, the dark, the council, Poppy trying her hardest to run & fix everything, & then the HUGE twists at the end? EPIC & INCREDIBLE. One such twist at the end, broke my heart into a million pieces..not by just the sadness, but of the beauty & MEANING behind it. The way time & life find a way, & how everything came full circle. Things happen the way they’re supposed to happen, & imagine changing the order of time….it wouldn’t be right, so it wouldn’t FEEL right..& the negative ripples that would affect so many more things would be terrifying. All the detailing of the shops & the backstory of them, including the light/dark, & the council were fascinating. This has terrific writing plus family, friendship, suspense, atmosphere, sibling relationships, books, fear, strength, bravery, good vs evil, war, danger, loss, light, hope, & so much more. Great messages too. That 1 climatic scene in particular towards the end, I know will stick with me for a while..as will this whole book. Definitely left an impact on me, & I will eagerly await this authors next book. HIGHLY Recommend! STUNNING cover front & back by Quang & Lien too!💜

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Hunt

    This is a really good one for ~10 year olds (especially girls). Lots of magic, a book shop that’s alive, and a battle of Dark vs Light. Pretty safe recommendation, especially content-wise if you’re wary about that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This is a unique story and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before. I think I've read similar stories but something about this one and the way it's written is so different than anything I've heard or read before. This is both an enchanting, heartwarming tale and a heartwrenching emotional rollercoaster much like life can be sometimes when things happen. It's about a girl, Poppy, and her family that own a magical bookstore called Rhyme and Reason. This occurs in the time frame This is a unique story and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before. I think I've read similar stories but something about this one and the way it's written is so different than anything I've heard or read before. This is both an enchanting, heartwarming tale and a heartwrenching emotional rollercoaster much like life can be sometimes when things happen. It's about a girl, Poppy, and her family that own a magical bookstore called Rhyme and Reason. This occurs in the time frame of WWII in 1944 and so their world is gray and hard with the war going on, but the shop helps make things better with customers from the past and future stopping by bringing their fun and different stories and such. Poppy wants to be the next shopkeeper after her father because of the connection and love she has for the shop plus she's good at it, but her older brother, Al, is next in line to be the next shopkeeper. She knows all of the rules and especially the important ones like the one that shopkeepers are not to use the magic for themselves. One day they receive news about her brother's friend, Carl, who left to serve in the war that he's died and Al doesn't know how to handle the grief and feels like something's not right about it all. So Al decides he wants to use the magic from the bookshop to try to go back in time to save Carl and Poppy is the one left trying to stop him since her father is sick in the hospital. Poppy is torn between love for her brother and knowing that they shouldn't break the rules and has to make some hard decisions about what to do. She has to learn to find herself, love herself, and have courage through it all. All the customers from the bookshop band together to help her and she learns about the strength and courage and love of family and friends too. It's definitely a rollercoaster ride especially toward the end of the story and worth the read. One of the things said in the story that I love is that "everyone has magic inside of them". This story is chock full of good quotes and sayings and teaching moments. It's an intense book dealing with somewhat weightier topics such as grief that's very well done. I would definitely recommend putting this on your list, going to get it and read it right now. You don't want to miss this magical tale about this amazing bookshop, family, and Poppy, who finds herself and her strength and learns to be even braver than she already was. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Penguin Group Penguin Young Readers Group for letting me read and review this magical read. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: The bookshop is feeling blue today. I sense it the moment my brother James and I arrive home from school. The lights are low, the ever-shifting wallpaper is a cheerless dark gray, with somber books on display--Wuthering Heights, Old Yellow, A Little Princess. The gloom sinks into my bones. Premise/plot: The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams has an intriguing premise. It is set during the Second World War--1944 to be precise. But its main setting is a bookshop. Rhyme and Reason is one of First sentence: The bookshop is feeling blue today. I sense it the moment my brother James and I arrive home from school. The lights are low, the ever-shifting wallpaper is a cheerless dark gray, with somber books on display--Wuthering Heights, Old Yellow, A Little Princess. The gloom sinks into my bones. Premise/plot: The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams has an intriguing premise. It is set during the Second World War--1944 to be precise. But its main setting is a bookshop. Rhyme and Reason is one of a handful of magical bookshops. "Our shop isn't a normal bookshop, it belongs to the world of magic ones. Just like the others, Rhyme and Reason finds people from outside of our time and brings them to our door. It searches a hundred years into the future and the past to find customers who need the light and hope it can offer through books and community. Papa says bookshops are good for broken souls and wounded hearts." Poppy, our heroine, is quite a bookworm. She loves, loves, loves, loves her family's bookshop. She loves meeting all the customers--all ages of customers--from all time periods. But the shop has been acting weird, strange, out of sorts, unpredictable, moody. And Poppy feels called--in more ways than one--to try to mend the shop and set things right again. But that process is complicated. How does one *know* what the right thing to do is? There can be a subtle difference between something feeling right and being right. And sometimes doing what is right breaks your heart--shatters it. Still the fate of the bookshop may be in her hands--as incapable and unsure as she feels. My thoughts: This book had the potential to be super-fluffy and just pure delight OR the potential to be a weighty complex read. It was certainly heavier than I imagined it might be. The premise is pure delight: a MAGICAL bookshop. Customers coming into the shop from ALL time periods. Being able to read books from other time periods. Books finding the right reader at the right time. Books connecting people together. A true sense of community between readers--no divisions or divides. Pure delight. But it goes beyond that and ventures into more familiar territory perhaps--the battle between good and evil, light and dark. The magic that makes the bookshop possible is more complex than you might think. Magic comes with a price--in the words of Rumpelstiltskin from ONCE Upon A Time. There is a showdown between light and dark in The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams. And the book has more layers than you might expect. I found myself accurately predicting a few things, but it held some twists and turns that I did not guess, would never have guessed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Poppy loves working at Rhyme and Reason, her family's magical bookstore, and is a bit irritated that her older brother, Al, will be the one to run it when their parents retire. While it's 1944 in Sutton, New York, customers can visit from any place and time if they need the bookstores healing properties. There are other bookshops in a variety of places, and they all operate under the same codes, and have an apprentice courier, Ollie, who carries mail between the s E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Poppy loves working at Rhyme and Reason, her family's magical bookstore, and is a bit irritated that her older brother, Al, will be the one to run it when their parents retire. While it's 1944 in Sutton, New York, customers can visit from any place and time if they need the bookstores healing properties. There are other bookshops in a variety of places, and they all operate under the same codes, and have an apprentice courier, Ollie, who carries mail between the shops, using pins from the stores to travel. When Al's childhood friend Carl is killed in the fighting, he is determined to use the bookstore's magic to go back and save him, even though the rules clearly state that the bookstore owners should never do this. There are a lot of things going wrong in the shop, and Poppy, who is there more often than Al, is not able to fix them, especially when her father becomes very ill and ends up in the hospital in New York City. Other stores are having trouble, too, and Poppy gets a letter from Theo Devlin, whose grandfather has passed away and left the store to his mother, who is struggling to run it. These two, along with Ollie, try to figure out what is going on with the shops, figure out how to work around the rules, and attempt to keep Al safe from the darker forces involved in the shops' magic. Will they be able to keep their world from imploding? Strengths: I would have absolutely adored this when I was in middle school and probably would have needed my own copy. The cover is fantastic, and I would probably have tried to set my room up as Rhyme and Reason! The fact that Poppy was the one responsible for the shop even though she had both parents and an older brother around was done very well. She used her resources well, and managed to get help from a variety of people. There were a number of classic books mentioned. There was a well done, but very sad, twist to this one. Weaknesses: While it was certainly very sad that so many people died, Al's reaction to Carl's death seemed a bit extreme for this time period. Instead of so much about his grief (which, granted, drives the whole story), I would have preferred a few more details about homefront life, and a tiny bit more about how people find the bookstores. What I really think: As much as I adore time travel books, my students are not fans, so I may wait to purchase. I really enjoyed this, but just don't have the readers for it. I would definitely purchase this for a public library, or for any collection where time travel books are popular.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Dertinger

    Oh how I would die to go to Rhyme and Reason. The vivid details that the author paints of this magical bookshop makes me long for creating my own bookstore. I loved the blend of magic & literature—the walls change colors based on its mood and it writes a new quote based on its feelings and those that come in the shop. So the setting itself is so immersive. The characters are perfect for this day & age, & the fact that people travel through time to be in this magical bookstore is precious too. My Oh how I would die to go to Rhyme and Reason. The vivid details that the author paints of this magical bookshop makes me long for creating my own bookstore. I loved the blend of magic & literature—the walls change colors based on its mood and it writes a new quote based on its feelings and those that come in the shop. So the setting itself is so immersive. The characters are perfect for this day & age, & the fact that people travel through time to be in this magical bookstore is precious too. My heart hurt for Poppy & all the hard decisions she had to make when her brother was in despair and struggled with the Dark. Your emotions while reading will be like riding a roller coaster. The ending was hard, but also beautiful. This book reminded me of the adult fiction novel, The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner, which is one of my favorite reads of the year!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei Savaryn

    The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is the perfect blend of whimsical magic and suspense, and I fell head and heart into the world of Poppy and her family’s magical bookshop. It left me surprised, delighted, and deeply moved from the very first page to the last. Even when up against the worst of our fears and the sting of loss, this novel embraces the beauty of bravery and the power of hope.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    4.5 shining, glittering stars for this magical, lyrical Middlegrade! Oh how I wish I could take a trip to Rhyme and Reason, the magical bookshop that Poppy Fulbright and her family run in 1944, war-torn New York. The magic is incredible! -- allowing customers and patrons from both the past, present, and future to find it and gain entrance. The chalkboard in the shop magically shares bookish quotes with Poppy and her family at various interludes, books find their customers (even those not yet pub 4.5 shining, glittering stars for this magical, lyrical Middlegrade! Oh how I wish I could take a trip to Rhyme and Reason, the magical bookshop that Poppy Fulbright and her family run in 1944, war-torn New York. The magic is incredible! -- allowing customers and patrons from both the past, present, and future to find it and gain entrance. The chalkboard in the shop magically shares bookish quotes with Poppy and her family at various interludes, books find their customers (even those not yet published in 1944), the walls change colors and the décor rearranges itself based on its mood, and the lemon tree at its entrance is always bearing fruit in and out of season. The REAL magic though of the store is how it connects people and how they band together as a family, an unconventional one, but a real one at that! And Poppy doesn't know just how much she will rely on them during this next trial both in her own life and in the life of the bookshop. For, there are 2 sides to the magic. One full of LIGHT and the other, the Dark. This will whish you away to another time and place and fully capture your imagination! Such an original plot and I loved every minute of it! Thanks to Olivia at The Bookshelf Thomasville for this enchanting recommendation! And also, that cover is absolutely stunning and demands to be placed on a shelf with the cover out. Just saying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    New Year, new books! This year, I am focusing on reading ALL THE BOOKS in my #tbrpile before buying anything new. Let’s see if I can accomplish that goal. This was an incredibly sweet novel for young readers. I loved that there were references to so many great different events in history (suffragettes, Titanic, WW2) and leaving lots of room for additional books in the series. I highly recommend it for young readers and readers who need a good story read aloud by an older sibling or parent. So cut New Year, new books! This year, I am focusing on reading ALL THE BOOKS in my #tbrpile before buying anything new. Let’s see if I can accomplish that goal. This was an incredibly sweet novel for young readers. I loved that there were references to so many great different events in history (suffragettes, Titanic, WW2) and leaving lots of room for additional books in the series. I highly recommend it for young readers and readers who need a good story read aloud by an older sibling or parent. So cute!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    For middle grade readers who love time travel books or the idea of trying to go back or forward in time in order to keep a terrible event from happening, this book will have much appeal. The title of this book and its premise--a magical bookshop whose clientele comes from both the past and the future--intrigued me. I could just imagine the interesting conversations that I'd have with its patrons and the treasure trove of books from which to select. The protagonist is Poppy Fulbright, who has a s For middle grade readers who love time travel books or the idea of trying to go back or forward in time in order to keep a terrible event from happening, this book will have much appeal. The title of this book and its premise--a magical bookshop whose clientele comes from both the past and the future--intrigued me. I could just imagine the interesting conversations that I'd have with its patrons and the treasure trove of books from which to select. The protagonist is Poppy Fulbright, who has a strong connection with the bookshop [Rhyme and Reason] run by her family. Poppy dreams of running the bookshop, but since it's 1944 and the midst of WWII, she also knows that her brother Al will take over after her father gives up running the place. Despite the magic that infuses the place, Shopkeepers must follow certain rules, one of which forbids them from ever using the magic for themselves. Poppy realizes that this rule has been broken when the plants in the shop and the books start to blacken. She isn't sure on whom to place the blame, but she has her suspicions especially since things begin falling apart once the family learns of the death of Al's best friend, Carl, during a skirmish. Al feels terribly guilty about that death because his medical condition exempted him from military service. Haunted by this loss, Al secretly starts using the magic to travel back in time and try to prevent Carl's death. The bookshop slowly starts self-destructing, and the Council responsible for keeping an eye on the bookshops and making sure their keepers follow strict guidelines, begins investigating the family's shop. With her father ailing and in the hospital and Al lost to his own fantasies, it's up to Poppy to get to the bottom of things and stop her brother before it's too late. She has a couple of friends who help her, but it's a race against time and one that will take her to places and reveal secrets that she has never imagined. Throughout the story, Poppy and others ponder that universal question about how much use magic is if it can't be used to save those you love. This is the type of question that many middle graders and teens love to explore, and there are no easy answers to it. There's a nifty twist at the end that will surprise most readers. Oh, how I wish that I could own or patronize such a bookshop.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesting! The Shop reminded me a bit of the Inn from Ilona Andrew’s Innkeeper novellas or the Tardis in Doctor Who. I want more sentient shape shifting buildings?? I also liked the friendships explored in the book. I’m a little miffed her brother was turned hero in the end after everything— I didn’t like him at all for abandoning his sister and going crazy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Rehner

    It's one of my favriote books!! I love that its magical and when its sad its lights go out. It brings people from diffrent times. It talks though the chalkbord. It's one of my favriote books!! I love that its magical and when its sad its lights go out. It brings people from diffrent times. It talks though the chalkbord.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dunn

    What a great concept for a book! Poppy lives in 1940s New York. Her family owns a magical bookshop called Rhyme and Reason. And in this world, bookshops are magic! Customers from all time periods find them when they're in need, and when they leave they take a pin that will enable them to return to the shop again. Rhyme and Reason is a living thing, and can communicate with Poppy and her family through blinking its lights or writing quotes on a blackboard. But 1944 is right in the middle of WWII, What a great concept for a book! Poppy lives in 1940s New York. Her family owns a magical bookshop called Rhyme and Reason. And in this world, bookshops are magic! Customers from all time periods find them when they're in need, and when they leave they take a pin that will enable them to return to the shop again. Rhyme and Reason is a living thing, and can communicate with Poppy and her family through blinking its lights or writing quotes on a blackboard. But 1944 is right in the middle of WWII, and when Poppy's family loses a close friend, his loss tips the scales. Poppy's devastated older brother decides to use the bookshop's magic to go back into time to save his friend - something that is completely against all the rules. And will have devastating consequences...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    This was such a cute read but definitely had a darker edge than something like Tilly and the Bookwanderers. I loved the magical Bookshops and the way books held magic for people across time and history. I did feel a little annoyed with the pacing and how the Dark kept attacking and then retreating without much progress but perhaps it was written that way to appeal to the younger reading group. I really loved Poppy and could relate to her fear of rejection and the way she summoned up courage to d This was such a cute read but definitely had a darker edge than something like Tilly and the Bookwanderers. I loved the magical Bookshops and the way books held magic for people across time and history. I did feel a little annoyed with the pacing and how the Dark kept attacking and then retreating without much progress but perhaps it was written that way to appeal to the younger reading group. I really loved Poppy and could relate to her fear of rejection and the way she summoned up courage to do what she had to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Carmel

    I reviewed this book for my column in the Idaho Press. Here is my write up in full: I stood in front of my 5th grade class clutching a paper cup of water when it occurred to me there might be a bigger point to all of the books I was getting assigned to read than vocabulary building. We were on our last day of reading Tuck Everlasting and my teacher placed a large bowl of water at the front of the room, asking each of us to come up one at a time and decide whether or not we would drink from the "m I reviewed this book for my column in the Idaho Press. Here is my write up in full: I stood in front of my 5th grade class clutching a paper cup of water when it occurred to me there might be a bigger point to all of the books I was getting assigned to read than vocabulary building. We were on our last day of reading Tuck Everlasting and my teacher placed a large bowl of water at the front of the room, asking each of us to come up one at a time and decide whether or not we would drink from the "magical well." Like Winnie in the famous novel, we had to decide if given the option we would take a drink for everlasting life and leave our community behind or walk away to grow old. I'd love to tell you I declined to drink from the well, giving some eloquent speech to my class about the impending possibilty of death giving more meaning to life and showing wisdom far beyond my years. But, I can't remember what I decided or what I said about my choice. Knowing myself in 2005 I probably drank from the well, hoping everlasting life would allow me to visit as many tourist sites around the world as I wanted while also wasting countless days playing video games. But, what stuck with me from that day was the choice posed to me by a novel and the opportunity to reflect on how I would react in the same situation. Novels posing these sorts of interesting moral questions are essential to the development of young readers and those who write these deceptively difficult books to get right are the unsung heroes of the publishing world. Recent release "The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams" by Boise State University graduate Mindy Thompson shows what the middle grade genre is capable of, providing both an action packed fantasy read for the kids in your life and a depth unmatched in the genre. It features a magical book shop Rhyme and Reason in 1944 New York with customers hailing both from decades in the past and into the future. Despite the war waging continents away and her older brother's inheritance of the shop, middle-school aged Poppy can't help but delight in the magical chalk board sharing appropo literary quotes, the magical plants wrapping itself around her on bad days and the mix of ideas and characters from across history meeting in the stacks every day. Things go south quickly when Poppy's older brother Al's best friend Carl is killed in action fighting the Nazi's in Germany. This sends Al into a grief spell so deep he starts contemplating breaking the cardinal rule of Rhyme and Reason: Never use the bookshop's magic for yourself. When Poppy's father falls ill and her parents have to leave for New York City, it leaves her to console her brother and see if she can salvage their relationship while still attempting to uphold the rules of the magic her family has been entrusted with. Thompson uses this set up to deftly explore the dynamic between siblings and the difficulty of standing up against ones you love. This story also provides a great backdrop for discussing grief in all of its forms, including guilt, bargaining and frustration that can plague people for years after a loss. There were so many times reading this I saw crucial openings to have difficult conversations with younger readers, especially in a time filled with as much death, loss and chaos as 1944 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. This isn't just full of heavy discussion topics either, though. Despite the fact that books for this age group don't leave a lot of room for lengthy world building, Thompson filled these pages with lovely descriptions of Rhyme and Reason making it nearly a character in its own right and built a fully fleshed out magical world of connecting book shops any budding fantasy lover will enjoy. The broad range of customers is also interesting, including a Basque family who fled political violence and uses the book shop as an escape. There's also relatable material about being lonely at school, a budding romance and a creeping, formidable villain for Poppy to contend with. Plus, there's a plot twist you likely won't see coming. Definitely pick this one up for any younger readers in your life. You'll probably enjoy it too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    I had high hopes for this one as soon as I read the summary and it did not disappoint. I loved it so very much.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Was this book intended for a 32-year-old woman? No, definitely not. Did I read it anyway? Yes, of course I did. Did I cry at the end? You bet your bottom dollar I did! This book is the perfect stand-a-lone. I finished a series that was high fantasy and wanted something easy. This was not it. I mean, it was, but it wasn't. It was.... deep. Like there were so many double meanings that I very well could have been reading into as a 32-year-old woman definitely not the intended age range of the storyl Was this book intended for a 32-year-old woman? No, definitely not. Did I read it anyway? Yes, of course I did. Did I cry at the end? You bet your bottom dollar I did! This book is the perfect stand-a-lone. I finished a series that was high fantasy and wanted something easy. This was not it. I mean, it was, but it wasn't. It was.... deep. Like there were so many double meanings that I very well could have been reading into as a 32-year-old woman definitely not the intended age range of the storyline, but it was prominent and there. Also, it was quirky, and I really just enjoyed all of everything. The magic was so pure and innocent, and you really understood each character's "why" and got a tiny backstory for characters, just a taste, enough to satiate your pallet. Would I recommend this book to an actual 10-year-old? Absolutely. Would I recommend this book to a 65-year-old? 100%tely. Would I recommend this book to a 65-year-old? 100%. I feel like everyone ought to read this book and just escape for a little bit into a wonderful bookstore.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I love this story! I hope some day the author writes more stories about these magical book stores.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Baker

    What a wonderful way to finish out the year. The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams by Mindy Thompson is a story set in WWII that explores themes of family, friendship, and right v. wrong. Do the ends justify the means? Is it okay to break the rules for a good cause? Poppy Fulbright is unsure of herself around most people and much more comfortable within the walls of her family’s magic bookshop, Rhyme and Reason. Rhyme is sensitive to what is going on and changes accordingly. “The Dark” uses someone de What a wonderful way to finish out the year. The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams by Mindy Thompson is a story set in WWII that explores themes of family, friendship, and right v. wrong. Do the ends justify the means? Is it okay to break the rules for a good cause? Poppy Fulbright is unsure of herself around most people and much more comfortable within the walls of her family’s magic bookshop, Rhyme and Reason. Rhyme is sensitive to what is going on and changes accordingly. “The Dark” uses someone dear to Poppy to try to destroy the magic in the world, specifically the magic bookshops. Can the light destroy the dark, or will the dark prevail? What book lover wouldn’t want to spend some time in a magic bookshop? I know I would! I enjoyed the characters in this story, as well as the plot and the use of quotes from other literary works. This book is worth the read! ❤️📚

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamara York

    DNF page 100 / chapter 10. Too much death, sickness, and emotional upheaval without building up the story and characters. Lacking the whimsy and warmth I was hoping for.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen Nishi

    An absolutely fantastic read. Full of heartbreak and hope and a love of books and stories that just oozes from the pages. A great great way to end my year of reading with a novel that celebrates the innate power of stories as an emblem of hope in a time of darkness. Do yourself a favour and read this book. You will not regret it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Enter a world of magic with courageous Poppy Fulbright fighting her own fight during World War II. It's 1944 and Poppy's family's bookshop, Rhyme and Reason, welcomes customers from the future and the past. It, and other bookshops like it, use their magic to keep the light, always wary of what the dark could do to them and the world. You'll love the way the bookshop changes with its emotions. Poppy's love of this bookshop means she wants to be the one to inherit it from her father, yet the sent Enter a world of magic with courageous Poppy Fulbright fighting her own fight during World War II. It's 1944 and Poppy's family's bookshop, Rhyme and Reason, welcomes customers from the future and the past. It, and other bookshops like it, use their magic to keep the light, always wary of what the dark could do to them and the world. You'll love the way the bookshop changes with its emotions. Poppy's love of this bookshop means she wants to be the one to inherit it from her father, yet the sentiment is that it will go to her older brother, Al. When a dear friend, especially Al's, is killed in the war, Al listens more and more to the dark and it becomes Poppy's battle to save Al and her beloved bookshop. It's a new world created by Mindy Thompson where the main characters are shown as both strong and vulnerable to emotional ties and other characters show up as great support, too. Poppy will need them all! I did not imagine so many twists and turns, especially at the end. It's a fantastic world to imagine living in!

  23. 5 out of 5

    megan

    It was ok.....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I want to take a trip to Rhyme and Reason...especially if I can travel back in time to do it! I love reading in general but I really love books about books and books about World War 2, so this book was quite delightful! I also loved wrestling with the question, if you could go back and change history, should you? I would definitely recommend this to all middle grade readers...and grown ups who like reading books about books!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mallaree

    WHAT A READ!!! I am new to middle grade and this upper middle grade book was such a joy! I really loved the characters and the writing was easy to read. I do wish it was a little shorter but I will absolutely read more from this author. Poppy’s family owns a bookstore. But not just any bookstore — a magical bookstore. People travel from different times to their beautiful store in New York in 1944. Poppy’s father becomes suddenly ill and the store starts to suffer. Poppy has to take charge of the WHAT A READ!!! I am new to middle grade and this upper middle grade book was such a joy! I really loved the characters and the writing was easy to read. I do wish it was a little shorter but I will absolutely read more from this author. Poppy’s family owns a bookstore. But not just any bookstore — a magical bookstore. People travel from different times to their beautiful store in New York in 1944. Poppy’s father becomes suddenly ill and the store starts to suffer. Poppy has to take charge of the store and figure out why the store is being so strange. I loved it. I loved Poppy. I think this one would probably be great on audiobook too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A magical bookstore that is open to customers from a 100 year time span? Yes please! The store is in 1944 and run by the Fullbright family. Poppy loves the store and its magic and its regular customers. It's a tough time, though, because of WWII. And blah, blah, blah, Dark magic vs. Light magic and a big battle.  I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I loved the descriptions of the bookshop and the magic within it-quotations appearing on a blackboard, flowers blooming and vines growing, A magical bookstore that is open to customers from a 100 year time span? Yes please! The store is in 1944 and run by the Fullbright family. Poppy loves the store and its magic and its regular customers. It's a tough time, though, because of WWII. And blah, blah, blah, Dark magic vs. Light magic and a big battle.  I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I loved the descriptions of the bookshop and the magic within it-quotations appearing on a blackboard, flowers blooming and vines growing, wallpaper changing-it's a living breathing thing. And the characters showing up throughout time is also really cool and I think I would have liked to have known a bit more of their own stories. But really the main plot is the dark magic trying to make its way into this world and Poppy desperately trying to keep her family and the shop safe. And that was the least interesting part to me. I think I get a little bored with magic stuff when it's very descriptive and at the same time not descriptive at all (because it's not real so you can't say "oh yes, that is what is happening.") 

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Bush

    Magical bookshops, time travel, a fight between the Light and the Dark - what’s not to love in this wonderful new middle grade novel? The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams follows Poppy Fulbright and her family. They are owners of the magical bookshop, Rhyme and Reason. When one of her brother’s best friends dies in World War II, strange things begin to happen at the bookshop: customers quarreling, magic draining from the bookshop, and worst of all, her brother Al acting very unlike himself. When thei Magical bookshops, time travel, a fight between the Light and the Dark - what’s not to love in this wonderful new middle grade novel? The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams follows Poppy Fulbright and her family. They are owners of the magical bookshop, Rhyme and Reason. When one of her brother’s best friends dies in World War II, strange things begin to happen at the bookshop: customers quarreling, magic draining from the bookshop, and worst of all, her brother Al acting very unlike himself. When their dad becomes ill, Poppy has to make some hard decisions that could mean the end of her beloved bookshop. Poppy learns that sometimes the only magic you need is inside you and in your loved ones. This was a fun, well told story with just the right amount of magic and heart. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I'll pretty much read anything about a bookstore...this one has some magic in it which wouldn't normally be my thing, but it works well in this story and I was totally intrigued by the way the bookstore's customers were from different time periods. I'll pretty much read anything about a bookstore...this one has some magic in it which wouldn't normally be my thing, but it works well in this story and I was totally intrigued by the way the bookstore's customers were from different time periods.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chava

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was intrigued by the idea of a magical bookshop. I was hoping for a more literary book, but the magic of the bookshop is misused, and it becomes a story of the battle between Light and Dark and an actual battle during World War II. Poppy the narrator is an excellent character with a lot of dimensions and conflicts and challenges. I appreciate that the author kept the time travel straight, so that people coming from World War I would not have access to books published after that. Included is th I was intrigued by the idea of a magical bookshop. I was hoping for a more literary book, but the magic of the bookshop is misused, and it becomes a story of the battle between Light and Dark and an actual battle during World War II. Poppy the narrator is an excellent character with a lot of dimensions and conflicts and challenges. I appreciate that the author kept the time travel straight, so that people coming from World War I would not have access to books published after that. Included is the mechanism for the time travel and the currency changer -- little touches that keep the story consistent.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    A unique and interesting story. I loved the “bookstores are magic” theme and enjoyed the time jumps. Was a little shocked by the serious evil and injury in the story however. Not sure what age this is intended for. The magic bits are overly cute, but the war and threatening dark are very frightening. I don’t know that I quite believed all the characters were capable of the actions they took…. But it was clever and well planned out.

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