Do you have a favorite story with a magical setting? Bestselling children's author Barbara Mariconda has quite a few, and she voyaged far and wide to find inspiration for the fantastical settings in her own novels. Today she visits the NOOK Blog to share her travel stories, as well as to list her own favorite magical tales. The newest book in the Lucy P. Simmons trilogy, The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Lucy at Sea, is now available on NOOK.

 

Have you ever visited a place that had a magical personality all its own?  For me there’ve been many. 

 

In the Lucy P. Simmons trilogy, there's a mansion on the coast of Maine, the wide-open ocean where there’s nothing but sea and sky, and the strange, haunting rusty red land of the Australian Outback. All were settings that struck me as magical – and places I’ve visited and loved.

 

The Victorian house that embraced Lucy and became her greatest ally was inspired by my own home – though mine was not nearly as grand.  Living on the Atlantic coast, the ocean’s always been a source of wonder – in fact, there’s a small nearby island rumored to hold chests of gems and gold that belonged to Captain Kidd but the legend is that three separate curses prevent anyone from locating the treasure or inhabiting the island. 

 

In researching the Lucy series I also ventured to the Outback, camped in the middle of nowhere, sleeping in a swag on the ground under the shadow of another magical site – the brilliantly hued rock formation called Uluru, sacred to the Aboriginal people. 

 

These places served as inspiration for Lucy’s adventure and became the source of all kinds of magic – but perhaps the greatest magic that touched Lucy – and can touch all of us – is the power of love that travels across generations and even beyond the grave! 

 

Here are some other magical books that have enchanted me, that I love to recommend to readers:

 

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Graveyard Book  by Neil Gaiman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comment below with your picks for the best magical stories.

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