With Barbara Else’s Harsu and the Werestoat release this month, we asked Barbara about her favourite time-travel books for middle-readers that Harsu’s fans could also enjoy. It is a great list of books worth checking at your favourite book store or library.
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
A bored schoolboy finds himself on a bizarre journey to find the two exiled princesses, Rhyme and Reason. What I remember most about this is how funny it was and how clever. I don’t think I’d realised that cleverness could also be incredibly funny.
Actually I love all the Chronicles of Narnia. My favourite one changes how and then. Mostly it’s The Magician’s Nephew. But as I write this list I’m longing to reread The Last Battle and The Horse and His Boy.
Another very clever book, bursting with heart. Young Meg tries to save her little brother – and the whole world too. Apparently it was hard to find a publisher for this now-classic science fiction adventure, probably because the hero was – gasp! – a girl.