Auckland Council Libraries: Amazing places books can take you

Amazing places books can take you

Children’s books have a special power in transporting reader’s somewhere else. These selected books can transport you to mythical lands, magical realms, far-flung exotic treasure islands, or just around the world and back.

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The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

Four English school children enter the magic land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. They assist Aslan, the golden lion, in defeating the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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The hobbit, or, There and back again

J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkie...

Bilbo Baggins’ quiet life in Bag End is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'.

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Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved literary creations of all time. As the original publishers, Macmillan is proud to return Mabel Lucie Attwell's interpretation in this beautiful hardback gift edition.

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Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, this young boy with a great destiny proves his worth, while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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The lightning thief

Rick Riordan

With the help of Grover the satyr and Annabeth the daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction - Zeus' master bolt.

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Brandon Mull

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. When the rules get broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives.

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Roald Dahl

The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bone-crunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little humans.

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Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

The tale is told by an adventurous boy, Jim Hawkins, who gets hold of a treasure map and sets off with an adult crew in search of the buried treasure. Among them, however, is the treacherous Long John Silver who is determined to keep the treasure.

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Anne of Green Gables

L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

The Walker children set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island for a camping holiday. They soon find themselves under attack from the fierce Amazons, Nancy and Peggy. And so, begins a summer of battles, alliances, exploration and discovery.

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A faraway island

Annika Thor

In Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, but while Nellie settles in quickly, Stephie feels stranded, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.

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The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from older brothers and studies the natural world with her grandfather, which leads to an important discovery.

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The London Eye mystery

Siobhan Dowd

Ted and his older sister Kat become sleuthing partners and follow a trail of clues across London to find their missing cousin, Salim. It all comes down to Ted, whose brain works in a very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

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Jasmine skies

Sita Brahmachari

Mira Levenson is excited as she flies to India to stay with her aunt and cousin for the first time. As soon as she lands, Mira is hurled into the sweltering heat and a place full of new sights, sounds, and deeply buried secrets.

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