In a book, anything can happen, which means that sometimes a character opens a door and ends up in a completely different world! Here are some books that will take you to other worlds.
The Zoone series by Lee Edward Fodi
Welcome to Zoone, the intersection of the many worlds. Ozzie Sparks and Tug, a bright blue winged tiger, are going to the station of Zoone. There, a thousand doors open into other worlds. When you’re in charge of protecting the station, you’ll have to go on a lot of trips and get into a lot of trouble.
The Door at the End of the World by Caroline Carlson
It’s Lucy’s job to be the Gatekeeper’s deputy. When she finds out her boss has gone and the door that connects Lucy’s world to the next world over is broken, she has to figure out how to fix it. LUCY: First time in her life, she has to break the rules. She has to go into the seven worlds that aren’t her own with an otherworldly boy, a suspiciously sneaky girl, and a group of magical bees!
The Tangled in Time series by Kathryn Lasky
A strange grandmother sends Rose away, and the only place she can hide is in her grandmother’s garden. It takes her back five hundred years to Hatfield Palace, where she is a servant and confidant to a banished princess. She wonders if the greenhouse could help her solve the mysteries of her family and their secrets.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Their parents send them to live with an old professor in the English countryside. Their lives are turned upside down when Lucy opens a wardrobe that takes her to the land of Narnia. They travel through a world full of fantastic creatures, heroic deeds, and epic battles in the war between good and evil as they go on an adventure.
Homerooms & Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell
Once a week, five heroes of the mystical realm of Bríandalör meet up to play Homerooms & Hall Passes, a game where they role-play as average American eighth graders. But when the five young adventurers are magically transported into their H&H game by an ancient curse, they have to work together to get through middle school.
Greystone Secrets series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When the Greystone kids hear about three kidnapped kids, they’re shocked to see how many similarities there are between them and these strangers. The other kids have the same first and middle names, ages, and birthdays as the other kids. The question is: Who are these people? To solve the mystery, they look for clues that are hard to figure out. These clues can lead to complicated codes and hidden rooms, as well as a dangerous secret that will change their lives.
The Land of Yesterday by K.A. Reynolds
The Land of Yesterday is a place that holds all souls, so Cecelia has to find a way to get her brother and mother back. Even if that means going into this dark and forbidden land. Cecilia realizes that she might not be able to save them, and that she might become a lost soul herself. As she goes through a hot air balloon, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, she realizes that she might not be able to save them.
The Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds
Annalise was cursed at birth by the wicked Fate Spinner. She has always lived alone. There’s only one way for Annalise to rid herself of her curse: to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and defeat the Fate Spinner. Annalise is afraid, but she wants to break the curse that has defined her and show the world and herself who she is inside.
Marigold Star by Elise Primavera
Marigold Star is trying to get better at magic. When she tries a new spell, it sends her to the real world! To get back home, she’ll have to make friends with a lot of kids. Her magical world and the real world could merge and leave Marigold with no place to go back to.
The Estranged series by Ethan M. Aldridge
Because they were born at different times, Edmund and the child were switched at birth. Edmund is now living as a changeling in the world above, and the Childe, a human, is living with the fae in the world below. But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
Narnia, the land of magic and wonder that C. S. Lewis wrote about in his classic seven-book series, is one of the most important books ever written. It’s also one of the most important books ever written because it talks a lot about fantasy, war and religion. There are many things to think about when you look at Lewis’s world of magical things, dimension-hopping rings, lion kings, ice queens, and talking animals. Lewis also looked at messiah figures, salvation, and wickedness. There are many things about this series that make people angry, but the imagination and pure joy of Lewis’s writing can’t be left out.
The Magicians Trilogy, by Lev Grossman
This dark mirror might be found by Digory and Polly from The Magician’s Nephew if they search long enough and hard enough, like they did in the book. A trilogy by Lev Grossman starts with The Magicians. It combines the basic idea of The Chronicles of Narnia, adds some of Harry Potter’s best parts, and adds modern-day angst, millennial ennui, and a harsh dose of reality for our magicians. It’s hard for Quentin Coldwater to make sense of life, and even more difficult to waste time at an Ivy League school. Then Brakebills Academy, a school that will teach him how to use magic, comes along. He thinks he’s found a reason to live. But after he graduates, he finds himself back in the depressing muck of job-hunting, money-saving, and other things that keep him from being happy. Only when he thinks that he’s found a way into the world of Fillory, the book he read as a child, does he think he can be happy and have a reason to live. It’s not the only thing Grossman talks about in this book. One of the most important things is the “portal fantasy.” He shows that problems don’t just go away when you move to a new place. Soon, it’s clear to everyone but Quentin that the world he lives in is not the problem. Along the way, Grossman talks about mental illness, addiction, power, and what it means to be a grown-up in his book. No one should miss this movie, especially if they want a more adult take on the genre.