Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes?through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own?outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books?and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along.
Gillian Shields studied English at Cambridge University, going on to become an actress and drama teacher. Her books include Don't Let the Aliens Get My Marvellous Mum! and Tom's Tree. She lives in East Sussex. Francesca Chessa is a world-renowned illustrator, whose work has won a special commendation at the Bologna Bookfair. Her titles include Love-a-Duck, Baby Baby Blah Blah Blah! and Holly's Red Boots, which she wrote and illustrated. She lives in Turin, Italy.