Follow the protagonist into another world with one of these portal fantasies.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren 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.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. and her arrival marks a change at the Home.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
When Alice follows a strange rabbit down a rabbit hole and passes through a looking glass, she experiences curious sensations and encounters the Mad Hatter, the fiendish Queen of Hearts, and many other odd characters.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
After a stumble into a magical world turns her from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she’s any hope of survival.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Peter Pan teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly to Never-Never Land, where they share some exciting adventures with Indians and pirates.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas, accompanied on her journey by the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Antari, magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons, where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.