Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Author: C S Lewis
Awards: Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1962)
Synopsis: 'They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,' whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.
They opened a door and entered a world--Narnia--the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.
Originally Published: October 1950
Recommended for: I first read this book in second grade (in the US system), so I was about 7. It's a great book for parents to start reading to their kids around age 7 or 8. A lot of people note that there are Christian undertones to the story, and while this may or may not be true, the story can certainly be enjoyed on it's own merits, without bringing religion of any kind into the mix. If you are Christian, there are guides on the internet that can help you tie in your religion to the story, comparing bible characters and stories with the book.