by N.D. Wilson
December 26th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 304 pages
0375838813 (isbn13: 9780375838811)
rating: 3 of 5 stars
"Henry, Kansas, is a hot town."
If this book hadn't been recommended to me, I wouldn't have gone past the first two pages. There's only so much information about hot Kansas towns I can take. Henry York arrives in Henry, Kansas, to live with his Aunt Dotty, Uncle Frank, and his cousins Penny, Henrietta and Anastasia. Life is about as normal as anyone would expect in Kansas - from Uncle Frank's truck to evening barbeques and baseball games. One night, plaster starts to chip off of Henry's bedroom wall and fall into his hair. He finds cupboards, all showing window-like portals to other worlds. Add in an ugly witch, a strange creature, and you've got the makings of a wannabe Narnia.