[PW] Blue Light Children’s/YA Adventure Series

Dana Dalrymple ddalrymple at spokanelibrary.org
Wed Feb 22 09:56:32 PST 2017

Maybe the Kate Gordon Adventures by T.A. Barron? There are only three volumes, but they were published in the early 90s - Heartlight, The Ancient One, and The Merlin Effect. Novelist says they have Christian undertones, similar to Madeleine L'Engle. From Publishers Weekly:
"Barron's debut novel is a splendid action-adventure science fantasy filled with deep, resonant emotional and spiritual undertones. When evil powers attack the sun, Kate's grandfather, a famous astrophysicist, embarks on a galaxy-spanning quest to save it from certain destruction. Refusing to be left behind, Kate sets off after her grandfather and is caught up in the ensuing cosmic struggle between the forces of light and darkness. On the surface, Heartlight appears to be an homage to the science fantasies of Madeleine L'Engle, and Barron does consciously tip his hat to her. However, his own imagination is so rich--the novel is filled with brave people composed of snow, mighty butterflies made of pure condensed light and terrifying, ferocious villains--that this book also shines as a bold, original effort worthy of repeat readings."


Dana Dalrymple
Managing Reference Librarian | Spokane Public Library

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I am looking for a series of books that I read in the early 90s.  They are about a group of children who travel to another world and have adventures.  In one book, I recall that they opened and read out of a book which caused a blue light to surround them and keep them safe.  There is one part where  a girl walks across a canyon toward a man and he tells her to keep watching him or she will fall.  There is a building or tree that the children enter and it is much larger on the inside than the outside. In a later book in the series, I remember a man who had a map on his thigh, and a boy who ended up in a lake full of eels.  I also recall one of the characters becoming invisible and stuck in a stairwell.  I also recall one scene where the children were traveling through a forest and were told that they needed to stay awake but were struggling to do so.  The series seemed to have Christian undertones. 

I have been searching for these books forever.  Any help would be much appreciated!  It is driving me crazy. 
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