Review: Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Lonely Castle in the Mirror
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Something drew me to this book and I wanted to read it the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb.

This is the story of seven children who find their mirror shining one day and can go through the mirror to a castle where a “wolf girl” tells them that they can visit this place until the beginning of the next school year (which is march in Japan) between the hours of 9-5 every day. They are looking for a key and then a wishing room. Only one wish will come true but that one wish will absolutely come true.

Each of these kids is not going to school. They are all struggling in their own ways. The story is told from the perspective of Kokoro who has been bullied and has quit going to school as a result.

The story is poignant, beautiful, unpredictable and so very full of love. I did not put it down once I started reading it and I will continue to think about it for a long time.

with gratitude to Erewhon/Hachette Book Group and edelweiss for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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