Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Wishyouwas by Alexandra Page

Classic-feeling storytelling with bags of charm. Fans of thrilling animal adventure and enchanting underground worlds will fall in love with Wishyouwas.

It's 1952 in smog-shrouded London. Christmas might be fast approaching, but with her mum away and Uncle Frank busy running the post office, Penny Black is lonelier than ever.

All that changes when Penny discovers a small, fluffy, funny, springy and – most importantly – talking creature in the post office one night, trying to make off with a letter.

But Wishyouwas is no thief. He's a Sorter, and he soon introduces Penny to a fascinating secret world hidden in the tunnels underneath the city's streets. Self-appointed guardians of lost mail, the Sorters have dedicated their lives to rescuing letters that have gone astray and making sure they get delivered to their rightful owners.

Penny is determined to protect the Sorters, but how long will she be able to keep them safe with Stanley Scrawl, the sinister Royal Mail Rat Catcher, on the prowl? Can Penny save the Sorters and deliver a joyful Christmas? 

Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2021
by Bloomsbury
4/5 stars

My 2nd Christmas book of 2022!

I enjoy a middle grade read and this was a fun one.  Told from the POV of 12 year old Penny, aka Dear Penny.  It's the heavy fog of 1952 England with Christmas coming quickly.  She hasn't heard from my pilot mom in ages and worry has set in. Enter Wishyouwas and his band of the other Tiny Guardians of Lost Letters.  What follows is an adventure through the underground postage systems, rat catchers, humans who've lost the Christmas spirit and rats.  

 I loved the different names throughout this read, Dearmadam, Felicitations, Thiswayup, Fragile, Handlewithcare and more.  Wishyouwas is a story of friendship, hope and stepping out of your comfort zone.  Of taking a chance and discovering friendship in unlikely places. 

This was a fun Christmas read, not just for MG folks but all ages.

This book was part of my 2022 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge.

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