Once Upon a Wardrobe:
New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan offers this uplifting tale of sibling affection, which takes place in England in 1950. Megs Devonshire sets out to fulfill the last wish of her younger brother, George, by uncovering the truth behind his favorite story, C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The answer provides hope and healing and a magical journey for anyone whose life has ever been changed by a book.
Fascinated with the author’s The Chronicles of Narnia series, George presses Megs to ask the renowned writer, “Where did Narnia come from?” Despite her initial fear about approaching Lewis, a professor at Oxford University where the logical young woman is a studying math and science, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with him and his brother, Warnie. Through a series of meetings at the brothers’ home, she realizes the gift she thought she was giving to her brother—an answer to his question—turns out to be Lewis’s gift to her: hope.
This hardbound edition of Once Upon a Wardrobe pairs with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the 2023 Victoria Classics Book Club’s first quarter selections.
By Patti Callahan
Hardcover: 320 pages
Harper Muse: October 19, 2021
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Chronologically first in beloved author C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was selected as one of America’s 100 most-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change … and a great sacrifice.
This paperback edition features lovely black-and-white illustrations by the series’s original illustrator, Pauline Baynes, and captivating cover art by artist Cliff Neilson. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe pairs with Patti Callahan’s companion novel, Once Upon a Wardrobe, as the first quarter selections for the 2023 Victoria Classics Book Club.
By C. S. Lewis
Paperback: 224 pages
HarperCollins: July 8, 1994