Green, Julia. Tilly's Moonlight Garden.
2 October 2012, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Tilly and her writer father and budding illustrator mother move into a drafty old house in the English countryside. Tilly's mother is pregnant and not doing well, and Tilly is finding it hard to make friends at school, especially since she is so worried. The house has some things to recommend it, including an old fashioned dollhouse that belonged to the former owner, a friend of Tilly's grandmother's. There is also a vast garden, and when Tilly wanders out at night, she meets a girl named Helen who helps Tilly watch a fox who is in the area. When Tilly's baby brother arrives prematurely, the household is thrown into a great crisis, and Tilly finds both Helen and the fox oddly comforting.
Strengths: As Charlotte said, best dollhouse furniture in a long while. Very gentle English story that I would have loved when I was nine or ten. Had a lovely, old fashioned feel.
Weaknesses: The time travel element is a bit weak, and this is definitely for younger readers.
Anyone know of a good Flying Monkey supplier? And is it more cost effective to rent or to own Flying Monkeys? Our lovely school secretary and I were discussing this at length.
Hey, if I can't have a jet pack here in 2013, why not?