Another world and they still can't spell my name right.
September 17, 2009 9:37 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to remember the title and author of a young adult sci-fi novel from the early '90s (or earlier) with a character named Alana (or Alanna) and a boy who gets taken to another world. Help!
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In one of those particularly nagging flashes of memory, I am trying to recall a young-adult, sci-fi / fantasy book that was read to me in installments back in Grade Three (1992-93).
The book starred two young people (I would guess early teens, but since I was eight my ideas of age might have been skewed), a boy from “our” world, and, from the world he visits, a girl named Alanna (or possibly an alternate spelling; this is my one concrete detail, because what made the book particularly memorable as a child was that the heroine had a name a lot like mine).
Story fragments (some more sketchy than others) include:
-The boy wakes up in middle of the night, to a (blue?) flash outside, when he goes to investigate he gets taken to another world.
-There is something important about a bubble; the boy winds up in one. Either it takes him somewhere or he can breathe underwater. Possibly another kind of bubble freezes people.
-The nemesis is some sort of evil queen, probably one who lived underwater.
-To get underwater, a sea snake or monster had to be bypassed.
-A final, chess-like duel that involved real, possibly frozen people, who were killed as the pieces were lost (and I’m sure this isn’t some kind of bastardized Harry Potter memory)
-There may also be a scene high up in a tree canopy.
-As far as I can remember, the cover is predominantly blue in hue.
- All I can say is that it is definitely not the “Alanna” book series by Tamora Pierce, which are the only novels I was able to find in my search.
Does anyone remember a book anything like this? I fear that over the years it has become far enough entwined in my library of dreams that I’ll never figure out what it is. Thanks!