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The Magical Bookshop

Katja Frixe

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.

  • Publication date: June 8, 2021
  • ISBN: 9780861541096
  • RRP: £
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication date: June 3, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786079640
  • RRP: £
  • Pages: 176


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


‘Frixe’s world is imaginative and inviting, and, despite Clara’s real struggles, the setting always feels supportive and snug… This sparkling tale is a booklover’s dream, and young readers will long to visit the magical bookshop at its heart.’ 


‘A delightful tale of friendship with a generous sprinkling of magic.’ 

The Week Junior

'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

‘Serious themes interweave with a lightness of touch; saying goodbye, starting school, family break-up, finding courage for new challenges, not judging, communicating feelings, the importance of kindness, the magic of books... A perfect story for early 7+ readers, skilfully translated from German by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp with gorgeously whimsical illustrations by Florentine Prechtel. Thought-provoking discussion questions and post-reading activities – from creating a friendship book to baking a chocolate cake - are included to extend the enjoyment of the book. Let’s hope there are many more mysteries and adventures in store for Clara and Lottie!’

Armadillo Magazine

'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

'Such a cute and magical middle grade story. Loved it.'

NetGalley Reviewer

'[A] really fun tale of two young girls trying to preserve their friendship.'

Catherine H., NetGalley reviewer

‘The Magical Bookshop is a heart-warming, funny and sensitive middle-grade novel that had me both laughing out loud (Ahmedzai Kemp has done a magnificent job of translating Gustav’s rhyming jokes) and rooting for Clara as she faced new challenges at school... As Clara and Leo’s friendship grows, Frixe also gently challenges stereotypes – so this is definitely not just a book for girls!’

European Literature Network

'A feel-good mixture of a read that leaves you wanting more.'

Stiftung Lesen

Katja Frixe

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