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Book Riot's 50+ Must-Read Portal Fantasy Books

"In portal fantasy, a person is transported from one world to another by some sort of magic, usually (but not always!) through a specific place or object such as a wardrobe, rabbit hole, or mirror. Most often, a child or children travel from our world to another, magical world…but sometimes the travel is between dimensions, sometimes the traveler(s) are adults, and sometimes time travel looks a lot like portal fantasy. I have used a fairly broad definition of portal fantasy here, and divided portal fantasy books roughly by age range as well as including a few classic titles to help you get an idea of what we're talking about when we say must-read portal fantasy."
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
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Fog Magic (Julia L. Sauer)
Fog Magic (Julia L. Sauer)
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Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
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The Labyrinth Gate (Kate Elliott)
The Labyrinth Gate (Kate Elliott)
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Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)
Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)
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Seven-Day Magic (Edgar Eager)
Seven-Day Magic (Edgar Eager)
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Tom's Midnight Garden (Philippa Pearce)
Tom's Midnight Garden (Philippa Pearce)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
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Pandava Quartet 1: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Roshani Chokshi)
Pandava Quartet 1: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Roshani Chokshi)
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Fairest of All (Sarah Mlynowski)
Fairest of All (Sarah Mlynowski)
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The Gauntlet (Karuna Riazi)
The Gauntlet (Karuna Riazi)
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
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Gregor the Overlander (Suzanne Collins)
Gregor the Overlander (Suzanne Collins)
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Haroun & the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie/Paul Birkbeck(Illus))
Haroun & the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie/Paul Birkbeck(Illus))
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The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
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Nutcracked (Susan Adrian)
Nutcracked (Susan Adrian)
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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Carlos Hernandez)
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Carlos Hernandez)
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The Serpent's Secret (Sayantani Dasgupta)
The Serpent's Secret (Sayantani Dasgupta)
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The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) (Kazu Kibuishi)
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) (Kazu Kibuishi)
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The Storm Runner (J.C. Cervantes)
The Storm Runner (J.C. Cervantes)
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Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu)
Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu)
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The Astonishing Color of After (Emly X. R. Pan)
The Astonishing Color of After (Emly X. R. Pan)
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A Blade So Black (L.L. McKinney)
A Blade So Black (L.L. McKinney)
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The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)
The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer)
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Lani Taylor)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Lani Taylor)
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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (F.C.Yee)
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (F.C.Yee)
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Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)
Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)
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The Girl From Everywhere (Heidi Heilig)
The Girl From Everywhere (Heidi Heilig)
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The Hazel Wood (Melissa Albert)
The Hazel Wood (Melissa Albert)
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In Other Lands (Sarah Rees Brennan)
In Other Lands (Sarah Rees Brennan)
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Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)
Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)
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Labyrinth Lost (Zoraida Córdova)
Labyrinth Lost (Zoraida Córdova)
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The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One (Michael Dante Dimartino and Irene Koh)
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One (Michael Dante Dimartino and Irene Koh)
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The Library of Fates (Aditi Khorana)
The Library of Fates (Aditi Khorana)
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The Light Between Worlds (Laura Weymouth)
The Light Between Worlds (Laura Weymouth)
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The Magicians
The Magicians
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Magonia (Maria Dahvana Headley)
Magonia (Maria Dahvana Headley)
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Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones)
Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones)
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