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Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Yearling;(September 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0385740727



A girl stumbles into a fantastic world in this tale perfect for fans of Coraline, Alice in Wonderland, and The Twilight Zone.

Spending the summer at her grandmother’s house is the last thing Sarah wants to do—especially now that Grandma Winnie has died—but she has no choice. Her parents have to fix the place up before they can sell it, and Sarah and her brother, Billy, have to help. But the tedious work turns into a thrilling mystery when Sarah discovers an unfinished letter her grandmother wrote: Strange things are happening behind the bookcase. . . . 
Sarah’s mother dismisses the letter as one of Grandma Winnie’s crazy stories, but Sarah does some investigating and makes a remarkable discovery: behind the bookcase is a doorway into Scotopia, the land where shadows come from. With a talking cat named Balthazat as her guide, Sarah begins an unforgettable adventure into a world filled with countless dangers. Who can she trust? And can she face her fears, not only in Scotopia, but also back at Grandma Winnie’s house, where more secrets and strange goings-on await her?

I must have found this for 50 cents .. and even if it’s written for the very young.. it’s still a fantasy fiction.  A great book to have your child read or to read to them!  Nicely illustrated too!

Sometimes I think those that write for the young have better imaginations then do adult writers.  It’s a welcome change and think that most people who read a lot should read something simpler (but not written down to the young) and more imaginative.  It reminds me of the days when books, radio and television were our only alternatives to “escapism”. (plus our own imagination of course)

But, I will let the Amazon review let you know what you need to know. 


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