A really good kids book is "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. I wouldn't recommend it for really young children - but for early teens it would be great. It's a story about a house that takes children who are unhappy with their lives. In the house, everyday is a whole year with Christmas, Birthday's, Easter, Halloween - all the holidays. What the kids don't know is that for every year they spend in the house - a whole year passes in the world outside. The house is actually a holding tank for the devil so that he can collect the souls. Really well written - is supposed to make kids realize that the grass is not always greener. Clive Barker is a very talented writer if you like fantasy novels (some of his books are, The Great and Secret Show; Weaveworld; Galilee).
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