FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:
"Abarat" is a great fantasy book that takes the reader into a world never before imagined.
Summary: 14 year-old Candy Quackenbush leaves school and runs into two mysterious creatures before escaping with one of them to Abarat. In Abarat, Candy runs into trouble far worse than just getting lost.
I would also recommend "Days of Magic, Nights of War" (the second book in this series).