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Books for When You Want to Escape

Flee the ordinary, travel to captivating worlds, and live new adventures with one of these fantastic titles for independent readers.
 
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Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll Illustrated by J. Otto Seibold , Lisbeth Zwerger

One summer day, young Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister when a big white rabbit runs past. "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late," the rabbit says, taking a look at his watch. Then he pops down a large rabbit hole, and Alice can't help but follow him.

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The Blue Roan Child
by Jamieson Findlay

Syeira is an orphaned girl who lives and works among the horses in the king's stables. She has a special connection to the grand animals — especially to Arwin, a wild, beautiful, and willful mare.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Series: Chronicles of Narnia, Book #2
by C.S. Lewis Illustrated by Robin Lawrie

Air-raids over London during WWII compel four siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy — to be sent away from the city to the house of a kindly, but remote Professor "who lived in the heart of the country." There is much to discover in the country: woods, mountains, owls, eagles, maybe even hawks and snakes.

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The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community.

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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
by J. R. R. Tolkien

A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit was written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, and met with instant critical acclaim when first published in the 1930s.

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Paperbacks : $9.00

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The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn, written by Peter S. Beagle and first published in 1968, centers on a unicorn who, believing she is the last of her kind in the world, sets off on a journey to discover what has happened to the others.

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My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and under-appreciated flying baby dragon, he packs his knapsack with supplies and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island. Nothing will stop Elmer from rescuing the dragon!

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The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende Illustrated by Roswitha Quadfileg
Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.
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Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale

Fourteen-year-old Miri dreams of working at the quarry like the rest of the villagers, despite her small size. Then a royal decree arrives that changes life in quiet Mount Eskel.

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The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster , Susan Nanus Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

This quirky fantasy story reveals how a restless and precocious ten-year-old boy learns to appreciate the ordinary things in life after he embarks on a wondrous journey.

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Paperbacks : $6.95

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