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Through the Looking Glass: Travel to Fantasy Worlds

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A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
Updating a classic edition of a literary classic, Martin Gardner combines the notes from his 1959 and 1990 editions with new discoveries and additions from his extensive knowledge of the text and the period and with a few more contemporary drawings by John Tenniel. Notes in the wide margins identify characters and events that Carroll (1832-98) lampooned in his famous work of fantasy, and compare some of his earlier or other passages. He includes a selected bibliography and a list of movie adaptations. Lexile 320
Changing Planes
by Ursula K. Le Guin
In Le Guin's series of 16 vivid stories, an airport-bound woman with an inquiring mind visits assorted other planes of existence. With dispassion, wry humor, and a keen eye, and aided as well by research conducted in libraries of various kinds, she describes those excursions in hopes of inducing the reader to try interplanary travel. Each story features a different society and culture, and some of these settings allow telling commentary on the foibles of our world.
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
by Mark Twain
Generations of readers have delighted in the biting social satire and hilarious adventures of the Connecticut Yankee, a nineteenth-century mechanic who suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur's Britain. The Yankee soon realizes this is not the gallant world of fairy tales, but a cruel, feudalistic society. Ever resourceful, he sets out to modernize and improve things through an ingenious and funny mix of magic and technology, chivalry and sheer tomfoolery.
by Orson Scott Card
The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek's farm. Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest--or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy's fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run.
by Charles De Lint
The long-awaited sequel to Moonheart returns to those magical urban streets and to the dense forests of the fantasy world that lies just a heartbeat beyond them. Tamson house is a mysterious place in the center of modern Ottawa, with a wild garden which is actually a Gateway into a mystical Otherworld.
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
All seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia are now available together in a hardcover volume which includes an essay by C.S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children, where he explains precisely how the magic of Narnia first came to life.
Virtual Mode
by Piers Anthony
At first, Colene didn't believe the strange man she found lying on the side of the road. He spoke of a different world filled with wonder, was dressed in clothes she had never seen before, and knew a language she had never heard. He said that he loved her and wanted to take her back to his home. Colene suspected Darius was crazy-until he vanished before her eyes. Well, if falling in love was crazy, Colene was now fully prepared to say goodbye to reality-and hello to an infinite world of dragons and monsters and impossible dreams...
Updated 09/26/2011
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