The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly was among those I selected. I didn't really think that I would enjoy it, but I wanted to see what it was about. The author, who is known for his thrillers, wrote this for an adult audience. However, the protagonist is 12 years old and must follow a quest where he meets many characters from familiar folk tales and legends. Though there are some gruesome events that occur, this book is appropriate for teenage fantasy lovers.
David has lost his mother to death, and his father remarries and has a child. It is World War II in London, and most of David's friends have been shipped to the countryside until the end of the war. David is lonely and unhappy and finds solace in books. In his new home at his stepmother's he goes through a portal to another world. I am enjoying the author's style, and David's adventures move at a fast pace. I am about halfway through the story. David is making his way to see the king; along the way he has met a woodsmen, wolves, harpies, dwarves, and a soldier. The soldier has promised to take David to the king.
I imagine that David will make it back home, but I have a little over 100 pages before that is going to happen