The Enchanted Castle
by E. Nesbit
Three siblings are spending their school holidays stuck at school, so they go exploring around the countryside, hoping to find some adventure. They stumble into a beautiful garden estate where they go through a maze, finding what appears to be a young princess in an enchanted sleep. When they awaken her, it proves to be only Mabel, the housekeeper’s daughter. But Mabel assures them that magic enchantment is real, and the children explore the gardens with a magic ring that transforms their holidays into a wild adventure.
I love Edith Nesbit’s books! Her stories are always so imaginative. The writing sweeps you away into a fairyland, but the characters still have to deal with ordinary things like getting scolded if they ruin their best clothes while playing outside.
All Nesbit’s stories have grand wishes and mysterious magic side by side with bacon and eggs for breakfast. It’s a perfect blend of fairy tale and ordinariness. It makes you look around at the world feeling as though a genie or a magic ring could be around any corner.