Django Wexler's The Forbidden Library is filled with magic,
marvelous and whimsical, the sort you wished for as a child. Untimely
orphaned, Alice Creighton finds herself living in a strange library, a
labyrinth of mysterious extent, whose books are magical, such that the
contents of the books bleed into reality, so that shelves can give way
to trees, mysterious houses, and odd and dangerous creatures. Alice
learns she can even cross directly into the world of the book, and live
inside its pages.
But magic always has its price, its shadow. The magical books are
actually prisons, and Alice discovers she can't get out again, not
until she pays a terrible price. Once escaped, she learns she is a pawn
in a larger game of sorcerers. The world against her, Alice is sets out
to prove what a smart and resourceful heroine, armed with magic, can do.
A wildly imaginative and completely engaging book. Highly recommended!