Welcome to Astoria's library, a mysterious place offering its visitors a unique chance to visit their favorite storybook lands. Neverland? Wonderland? Oz? They're all reality in this magical building, each a dreamlike world waiting to be explored.
But what happens when one false move in these mythic lands is enough to change the stories you love? What happens when one wrong step can turn your favorite fairy tale into a nightmare?
Little Boy Lost (book one)
Wesley Bates thinks his life pretty much sucks. He's landed at the bottom of his school's popularity ladder, and bully Randy Stanford seems to be waiting around every corner.
That said, Wes thinks he's found a way to escape his real-world problems when he stumbles upon strange doorways in Astoria's local library that seem to lead into the extraordinary worlds from all his favorite books. Oz, Neverland, Wonderland - they're all reality with Wesley's new discovery. Wesley teams with best friend Taylor Williams to embark on a great adventure, both ready to leave the drama of middle school behind.
But the two kids quickly find themselves embroiled in a centuries-old battle for the library and the magic hiding within. Now, fighting alongside the eccentric old man who's vowed to protect the building's power, the pair must help ward off an attack by a shadowy group with a strange tie to Wesley's nemesis, forcing Wesley to face the fears he's been dodging and one of the most terrifying bullies of all time!
Unhappily Ever After (book two)
Yesterday Taylor and Wes turned a boring field trip to their local library into a grand adventure when they found a mysterious portal leading into the fabled Land of Oz.
But that was yesterday.
Today they've learned their actions have had grave consequences. Not only did they alter the Oz mythos, but their deeds may have had unexplained repercussions in the real world as well. Taylor's returned home to find she's living a life that isn't her own. Nothing's as she left it. Her normally warm father has become cold and distant. Her grades have fallen overnight. Teachers who once saw her as their favorite student now consider her their most problematic pupil. Only Wesley remembers Taylor as she truly is, and together he and Tay return to Oz, hoping they can undo the damage and restore both worlds to the way they were.
But the children quickly find they're in way over their heads. Not only has the Wicked Witch taken control of Oz, but Douglas Stanford has stayed behind to build a small army of storybook villains to help him obtain the magic hidden within Astoria's library. The librarian has returned to stop him, but the old man may need the children's help as the fate of every known world hangs in the balance.
©2013 Eric Hobbs (P)2016 Eric Hobbs