The Lighthouse Between Worlds

  • Type: Books
  • By: Melanie Crowder
  • Age Category: Children
  • Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror
  • Recommended by: Tom S.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781534405141
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Family, fantasy, and Fresnel lenses

Here’s a completely original fantasy for fans of old lighthouses. 

Griffin lives with his dad in a remote lighthouse on the Oregon coast, where life is cozy and secure.  In fact, things would be just about perfect if only Griffin’s mother hadn’t died a couple of years earlier.  But things take a bad turn when Griffin’s father disappears into a parallel world during a bizarre lighthouse incident and the station is invaded by a team of commando scientists.

This basic plot device – modern kid living in the everyday world enters an alternative universe – recalls such classics as “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Dark is Rising," and “Inkheart.” Having a relatable starting point often makes for a story that’s more accessible than fantasy set entirely in an imaginary world.  That’s the case here, because Griffin seems like an ordinary kid – except for his thoroughgoing knowledge of glassblowing.

Try reading this in the summertime when you’re visiting one of Michigan’s fantastic lighthouses.