The title says it all!  Perhaps a common trope in fiction, but no less fun.  Children have been losing themselves in make-believe lands since Alice first tumbled into Wonderland, journeying through fairytale forests and fields of poppies, befriending all manner of strange and marvelous creatures, and, perhaps, growing up just a teensy-weensy bit in the process.

(1) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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(2) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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(3) Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

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(4) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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(5) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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(6) His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

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(7) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

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(8) Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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(9) The Inkworld Trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath) by Cornelia Funke

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(10) Reckless, also by Cornelia Funke

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(11) The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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(12) A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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(13) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente

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