The Forbidden Library
When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon - an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. Until she meets a talking cat who sneaks her into the forbidden library and introduces her to an arrogant boy who dares her to open a book. Unable to resist, Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within. It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice. Ages 10 to 14.