The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams (Hardcover)
Bookshop of Dust and Dreams
The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is at the top of my bucket list of great bookstores. In this magical shop people from different times walk in the door to find the book they need and be nourished by the magic of the shop. Flowers bloom, messages appear on the chalkboard, and everyone feels loved and valued.
Poppy has grown up in this shop with her two brothers, and cannot imagine being anywhere else than her beloved bookshop. But it’s 1944, and her brother’s friend, Al, is not coming home from the war, and queer things begin happening around the shop. Flowers droop, chill drafts come through, and arguments erupt. Then on top of everything, Poppy’s father must go to the hospital.
To make things better, Poppy tries everything, But everyone needs help, even Poppy.
I read this book in a single sitting, staying up far too late to see how it ended. I am glad that I did, and I hope you find magic in its pages just like me.— Laura
This moving story about a magical bookstore explores the way war can shape a family and is perfect for book lovers everywhere, especially fans of Pages & Co., 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 world is ravaged by World War II, customers hail from the past and the future, infusing the shop with a delightful mix of ideas and experiences.
Poppy dreams of someday becoming shopkeeper like her father, though her older brother, Al, is technically next in line for the job. She knows all of the rules handed down from one generation of Bookseller to the next, especially their most important one: shopkeepers must never use the magic for themselves.
But then Al’s best friend is killed in the war and her brother wants to use the magic of the shop to save him. With her father in the hospital suffering from a mysterious illness, the only one standing between Al and the bookstore is Poppy. Caught between her love for her brother and loyalty to her family, she knows her brother’s actions could have devastating consequences that reach far beyond the bookshop as an insidious, growing Darkness looms. This decision is bigger than Poppy ever dreamed, and the fate of the bookshops hangs in the balance.
About the Author
Mindy Thompson writes fantastical stories for middle grade readers. Mindy holds a B.A. in creative writing and spent ten years working in public and middle school libraries. She began writing upper middle grade with her past students in mind and hopes to give them a place to find themselves in the books they read. Mindy lives with her sister-turned-roommate in Southern Idaho and spends too much time watching historical beauty tutorials online. She believes everyone has magic inside of themselves, they only need have the courage to seek it.
Love for The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams:
"I fell head and heart into the world of Poppy and her family’s magical bookshop. This book 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." - Lorelei Savaryn, author of The Circus of Stolen Dreams
"The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is a book lover's dream come true. Whimsy and magic dance together on the pages, and I longed to disappear into Rhyme and Reason and the world of magical bookstores to explore all of its beautiful corners and stories."- Julie Abe, author of the Eva Evergreen series
“Imaginative, spellbinding, and richly woven with unpredictable twists, The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is the perfect story for a reader who loves all things magical. Tuck into a cozy corner on a rainy afternoon and you won’t be able to put this story down.”—Janet Fox, author of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
"The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is a powerful, bittersweet fantasy, suffused with magic, mystery and courage. It charts a shining path through the darkness of grief, and reminds us that there's strength to be found in the stories we share."—P. G. Bell, author of The Train to Impossible Places series