Discussion Forums - Children's Books

Topic: Fantasy Book

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Fantasy Book
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 1:41 AM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
Posts: 576
Back To Top

I'm working on a paper for school and need a good Children's/Young Adult Fantasy book to compare to either Peter Pan or Mr. Was...any suggestions?  I would like something that features either a portal (for time travel) or an alternate reality/plane/dimension (ie: neverland).

What are some of your favorites in this genre?

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 9:43 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
Posts: 1,260
Back To Top
If time travel is what you are after Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer might be interesting. Also, there are several interesting young adult Peter Pan related books - Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pierson, Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J. V. Hart and Brett Helquist.

If you prefer Mr. Was, you might think about 100 cupboards by N.D Wilson

Other ones I can think of offhand - Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, the Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, Pendragon by D.J. McHale, and obviously, the Chronicles of Narnia,
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:10 AM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
Posts: 453
Back To Top

The Gatekeepers series is about time travel and doors that open to other dimensions.


Date Posted: 4/12/2009 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
Posts: 576
Back To Top


I want to stay away from The Narnia books for now.  My teacher tends to lean towards the religious referrences in those books and i'm not familiar with them at all so I don't want to get into it.  I prefer the Narnia books without delving into C.S. Lewis and his beliefs.  Kinda takes away from the story for me.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 10:23 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2006
Posts: 333
Back To Top

Maybe a Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 1:13 AM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2008
Posts: 84
Back To Top

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

Boy goes back & forth through time, fights evil. Loved this  series as a child.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

This has back & forth from Fairyland. It is a HUGE book. But so worth it.

And if you want something short, there is always Mary Poppins. In one story, Michael gets trapped in the picture on a cup. Things get strange fast.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/7/2008
Posts: 309
Back To Top

I second the Dark is Rising suggestion... you could do some great stuff with all the Arthurian legends/overtones in that one!

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 7:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2009
Posts: 273
Back To Top

I second the Wrinkle in Time sugestion! Loved the book and it will be a keeper for me to read to my kids.