Lily in the Mirror by Paula Hayes (Fremantle Press) PB RRP $14.99
Reviewed by Teena Raffa-Mulligan
From the minute I started reading Lily in the Mirror I was won over. This chapter book for middle readers has heart, humour and charm. It also has magic, mystery and a family secret for Lily to unravel when she goes to stay with her grandfather.
Her paranormal investigation of the ‘Rosy Room’ at Grandad’s house leads to the discovery of a magical mirror and the excitement of finding a new and unusual friend who needs her help.
Lily, who loves words, Grandad’s ganache cake, and all things dark and mysterious, come vividly to life through the pages of her journal. She’s an absolute delight as she documents her family life and her Rosy Room discoveries.
Paula Hayes’ writing is fresh, lively, original and insightful. There’s plenty of humour throughout yet this book also deals sensitively with the impact of a grandparent’s dementia on a child.
I highly recommend it for mid to upper primary readers and every grownup who is a kid in disguise. I do hope I meet Lily again soon in the pages of a new adventure.