Once Upon a Wardrobe (Hardback)Patti Callahan (author)
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When college student Megs approaches author C. S. Lewis with her younger brother's request to find out if Narnia is real, he instead takes her on a magical journey through the moments in his life that led to his greatest creation.
Megs Devonshire, on a scholarship at Oxford, is brilliant with numbers and equations. She prefers the dependability of facts-except for one: the brother she loves with all her heart doesn't have long to live. When George becomes captivated by a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from, there's no way she can refuse.
Despite her timidity about approaching the famous author, who is a professor at her school, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with the Oxford don and his own brother, begging them for answers. What she receives instead are stories . . . little-known tales from different periods in Mr. Lewis's life, which she takes home to George.
Why won't Mr. Lewis just tell her plainly what George wants to know? The answer will reveal to Meg many truths that science and math cannot, and the gift she thought she was giving to her brother-the story behind Narnia-turns out to be his gift to her, instead: hope.
Praise for Once Upon a Wardrobe:
"I advise you to read this book, then wait for a while and then read it again, for while it may not be Narnia, there is magic in it." -Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis's stepson
"With a touch of fairy-tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe will take you behind the legend and deep into the English and Irish countryside, where you'll encounter not only the inspirations for one of the 20th century's most beloved works, but also a tale of heartache, hope, and discovery that will forever change the Narnia you thought you knew." -Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling authorA marvelous blend of little-known true stories from C. S. Lewis's life that Narnia fans will treasureIncludes discussion questions for book clubs as well as a note from Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis's stepsonAlso by New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan: Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah
Publisher: HarperCollins Focus
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 221 x 145 x 27 mm
Heartfelt characters will win over sentimental readers. Callahan's fans will love this. * Publishers Weekly *
This is a heartwarming tale about the transformative power of books, with engaging and detailed descriptions. George's earnestness and imaginative nature uplift his family and will charm any reader who enjoys looking at the stories behind our favorite childhood stories. * Booklist *
''Once Upon a Wardrobe' is a beautiful follow-up to 'Becoming Mrs. Lewis.' It's a love letter to books and stories with a meaningful message. Megs and her family learn that fantastical tales are more than mere ways to appease young children. Stories are nourishment for the souls that need joy the most, and sometimes they're the only thing that can help us understand life.' * The Washington Post *
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