The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman

The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman has all of the classic elements of a great children’s book: a quest, danger, friendship, and magic. Like all truly great stories, what makes this story special is the fact that within the fantasy and the fiction the characters take on some of life’s most veritable, and universally painful struggles: loss, alienation, fear, and shame. However, Goodman takes this one step further by weaving in just enough factual elements and places to make the story seem not only believable, but real as well.

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The Magicians, By Lev Grossman

If you were the kind of kid that spent your childhood opening every wardrobe you came across hoping to find the entrance to Narnia, or perhaps sat waiting for an owl to arrive on your 11th birthday with your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then The Magicians by Lev Grossman might be for you.