In The Dragon in the Library, a girl called Kit Spencer discovers a whole new world beneath her local library. If you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say there are THINGS down there. Things that should not be beneath a library, or anywhere else in this familiar, everyday world. I love the idea of magic and strangeness just out of sight. Anywhere you go, there might be something extraordinary behind a door, or through a mirror, or beneath a trapdoor.

What if you opened a door in a familiar place and it led you somewhere incredible and strange?

Think of a place you know very well. Perhaps your school, your local supermarket, or even where you live. It could be in a museum you’ve been to on school trips. Picture a door appearing that you’ve never noticed before. What does the door look like? Where does it go? Down a dark tunnel? To your best friend’s house? To a city in the future? Another planet? A fairy kingdom? The middle of a battlefield?

Picture yourself stepping through that door. What can you see around you? What can you smell in the air? Who (or what) do you meet when you get there?

As you walk further into this new place, are you scared? Or perhaps excited? A bit of both? What new things do you see? Are you inside or outside?

Soon, you come across something that scares you. What is it? What do you do? What dangers lurk through this strange new door?

Your new door could lead you anywhere. Where do you want to go? Or, even better… where do you fear it might lead?

The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell is published in paperback by Nosy Crow.