Portal Fantasy and Time Travel
Journey by Aaron Becker
(Children Picture Book BECKE)
In this first book of a planned trilogy, a lonely young girl, using a red marker, draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world, where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
Quest by Aaron Becker
(Children Picture Book BECKE)
The sudden and magical appearance of a king startles two friends in a city park. The king pushes a map and some strange objects at them, but before he can explain, the king is captured by hostile forces and whisked back into his enchanted world. Just like that, the two friends are caught up in a mad dash to rescue the mysterious monarch. They embark on a quest to unlock the puzzle of the map and, they hope, save the king and his people from darkness.
Return by Aaron Becker
(Children Picture Book BECK)
“Welcome the much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless trilogy—a spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home. Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.” — Provided by publisher.
The Trolley to Yesterday by John Bellairs
(Children PZ7.B413 Tr 1998)
Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass discover a trolley which transports them back to Constantinople in 1453 as the Turks are invading the Byzantine Empire.
An Angel for May by Melvin Burgess
(PZ7.B9166 An 2013)
Faced with his parents’ divorce, Tam is unhappy, but when he’s given a way out, will he take it? Even if it means being stuck in the past forever?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
(Children PZ7.C2361 Al 1969)
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
(Children PZ7.C677475 Re 2013)
In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
(Children PZ7.D6295 Mi 2005)
As twelve-year-old Anand continues his studies to become a full-fledged member of The Brotherhood of the Conch, he journeys back to Mogul times, where he encounters powerful sorcerers, spoiled princes, noble warriors, and evil jinns.
Hatching Magic by Ann Downer
(PZ7.D767 Ha 2003)
When a thirteenth-century wizard confronts twenty-first century Boston while seeking his pet dragon, he is followed by a rival wizard and a very unhappy demon, but eleven-year-old Theodora Oglethorpe may hold the secret to setting everything right.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende; translated by Ralph Manheim; illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg
(Children PZ7.E66 Ne)
Inkheart Cornelia Funke; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
(Children PZ7.F935 In 2003)
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
(Children PZ7.G125 Co 2002)
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer
(Children PZ7.J98 Ph)
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Elidor by Alan Garner
(Children PZ7.G18417 El)
Three brothers and a sister take the responsibility of possession of a length of iron railing, a keystone, two pieces of wood, and a cracked cup which symbolize the power of a spear, a sword, a stone, and a cauldron to generate light for the Kingdom of Elidor
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
(Children PZ7.L5385 Wr)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
(Children PZ7.L58474 Ch 1988 bk.1)
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; illustrated by Donna Diamond
(Children PZ7.P273 Br)
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats by Philip Reeve; illustrated by David Wyatt
(Children PZ7.R25576 Sta 2007)
Young Arthur Mumby, his sister Myrtle, and their mother accept an invitation to take a holiday at an up-and-coming resort in the asteroid belt, where they become involved in a dastardly plot involving spies, time travel, and mind-altering clothing.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
(PZ7.S80857 Wh 2009)
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; with illustrations by Ana Juan
(Children PZ7.V232 Gir 2011)
Twelve-year-old September’s ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
(Children PZ7.W7677 Tan 2006)
Eleven-year-old Silver sets out to find the Timekeeper—a clock that controls time—and to protect it from falling into the hands of two people who want to use the device for their own nefarious ends.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
(Children PZ8.B327 Wh 1956)
London Calling by Edward Bloor
(Children PZ7.B6236 Lo 2006)
Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.
Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time-travel Thriller by Shelly Dickson Carr
(Children PZ7.C2177 Ri 2012)
“Katie Lennox wishes her parents were still alive. Having to leave Boston to live with Grandma Cleaves in London was hard, but she’s making new friends, working on her British accent and even learning some Cockney rhyming slang. London’s cool and actually feels like home in some ways, like she’s been here before, belongs here. When a museum visit with her cousin and his cute friend turns funky, Katie finds herself in a long, uncomfortable dress, wearing a ridiculous hat, wondering what happened to her jeans and high-top sneakers? And where’s her iPhone?… It’s London, 1888. Smart and gutsy, Katie knows she’s here to stop Jack the Ripper. The serial killer didn’t just slash his victims’ throats; he butchered the women. Katie has read about the Ripper, knows the names of his victims and where and when they were killed. She’s watched her fair share of CSI. Can Katie save their lives?”—from Amazon.com.
Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
(Children PZ7.F4995 Ob 2013)
When his father disappears while experimenting with a black mirror that is a portal to both the past and the future, Jake encounters obstacles when he tries to use the mirror to find his father.
Half World by Hiromi Goto; illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
(Children PZ7.G6936 Hal 2010)
“Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. She is unpopular at school. At home, where she and her loving but neglectful mother live in poverty, she has had to learn to take care of herself. Melanie is just barely coping. Everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to
Half World by a nightmare creature calling himself Mr. Glues kin. Soon Melanie has embarked on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake…” —P.  of cover.
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Children PZ7.H1164 Fo 2008)
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.