These picks are all about marvellously magical worlds - the kind you might find via the back of a wardrobe, or through an impossibly tiny door!
If you love stories set in enchanted lands you are going to adore the books we've selected - bursting with weird and wonderful worlds and curiously quirky characters.
1 | BRIGHTSTORM BY VASHTI HARDY :
Arthur and Maudie are on a mission to defend their family reputation after their famous explorer father dies and is accused of theft. Along with a rag-tag crew they board The Aurora - a sky-ship - and embark on a journey to the southernmost point of the world, in search of the truth!
2 | THE STAR SPUN WEB BY SINEAD O'HART:
Tess is abandoned as a baby with a strange device... Now she lives in an orphanage with a pet tarantula and a talent for science experiments. But life takes a dramatic turn when a stranger claiming to be distant relative comes to collect her. Soon she discovers, the mystery object she inherited is actually a gateway between her world and a war-ravaged parallel universe...
3 | TIN BY PADRAIG KENNY:
Christopher is a "proper" - a real boy with a real soul living in a world where humans are served by brilliant mechanical machines. But then an accident uncovers a secret and Christopher begins to unravel what it really means to be human!
4 | A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA BY URSULA K LE GUIN :
Prepare for dragons and wizards galore in the first book from the brilliant Earthsea Quartet. Sparrowhawk is a young awkward boy, just discovering the extent of his powers. Tempted by spells beyond his ability, he releases an evil shadow beast in his land!
5 | NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW:
Morrigan Crow is cursed from birth - blamed for all local misfortunes and destined to die on her eleventh birthday... but then she is whisked away to Nevermoor, a magical city where she will be safe. First though she must complete four dangerous trials to earn her place...
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