The Magical Bookshop

By Katja Frixe, illustrated by Florentine Prechtel, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp 
Published 2 July 2020 from Oneworld (UK) and Simon and Schuster (USA)

Mrs Owl had a knack for finding the perfect book for every customer, before they even realised what it was they were looking for.

What do you do when your best friend moves away? Clara takes comfort in her favourite place: Mrs Owl’s bookshop. Surrounded by books that spring to life, a rhyming cat and mounds of cinnamon buns, Clara never feels alone.

But someone is determined to close the bookshop down. Now it’s up to Clara and her new friends to save it.



‘A lovely mixture of friends and family and more than a touch of magic.’

– Kirkus

‘This is the kind of book that you get really hooked into and can’t put down… I am 11 years old and actually don’t like reading that much, but I really enjoyed this book.’

– Loretta, aged 11

‘10 out of 10! It’s funny and has a great plot.’

– Sylvie, aged 8

‘What’s not to love when there’s a rhyming cat, a talking mirror, and an ageless bookstore owner?’

– Catholic Library World

‘This is a delightful story of best friends, new friends and a magical book shop… It has all the elements of a perfect story. Well developed characters, funny moments, endearing moments and times when it all looked sad. I love a happy ending though so was pleased the sadness was short-lived.’

– Erin H., Librarian