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Children's literature for grown-ups to escape into

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The Hounds Of The Morrigan
The Hounds Of The Morrigan
"Something like a LOTR based on Irish mythology as two children are pursued by the Morrigan and her hounds."
Cart And Cwidder (Dalemark Quartet)
Cart And Cwidder (Dalemark Quartet)
"Beautiful story of a family of travelling minstrels who get caught up in espionage and magic."
The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree (Puffin Books)
The Dark is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree (Puffin Books)
"Incredible fantasy quintet drawing on ancient British legend - each book stands alone but they can also be read as a sequence."
The Borrible Trilogy: "The Borribles", "The Borribles Go for Broke", "Across the Dark Metropolis"
The Borrible Trilogy: "The Borribles", "The Borribles Go for Broke", "Across the Dark Metropolis"
"Dark, London-based fantasy triology about semi-elfin deliquent kids which has haunted me since childhood."
Northern Lights: 1 (His Dark Materials)
Northern Lights: 1 (His Dark Materials)
"Daemons, armoured bears, witches ... this start to Pullman's "His Dark Materials" triology transports you to a world all the stranger for being so close to our own..."
Black Horses for the King
Black Horses for the King
"Arthurian legend seen through the eyes of a boy who becomes party to Arthur's attempts to assemble a cavalry."
The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen
The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen
"Another excellent , somewhat dark, fantasy book based on British legends."
The Talking Parcel (Lions)
The Talking Parcel (Lions)
"Seems like this is out of print... :-(  I read this so many times as a child, delighting in the magical world where mythical creatures form alliances and fight battles.  Comic and comforting."
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5)
"My favourite of the Narnia series in which Edmund, Lucy and their cousin Eustace travel on a strange ship."