I read this book in 2009/10 in grade 8/9 for English and would love to find the name.

The details I remember include a boy or girl (pretty sure it's a young girl) with missing/presumed dead mother and they find or were given either a box/necklace that belonged to the mother. I believe the father is still alive in this. The child opens it/puts it on and is transported to a magical world. I think when the child is transporting, the father rushes at them, trying to stop them but it's too late.

After the transportation, I vaguely remember the child finding themselves in a strange forest in which I recall the trees and surrounding environment visually looking like Polyhedrons but this may just be how I interpreted it. The child comes across a harpy that (from memory) seemed to know of the child's mother. The harpy woman comes across as stern and difficult to talk to at first but was willing to help the child in their quest to find/find out more about the mother. The gist of the story is that the child goes through this world searching for answers about the mother and who she was and finding out about who they are also.

  • Hi there! That's some info already, and I know you said you didn't remember much else, but still, could you please take a look at these guidelines on story-ID, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in? :)
    – Jenayah
    Feb 17, 2019 at 15:28
  • Thanks for the link to the tips page (: I've added a few more details but since it was so long ago this is mostly all I remember. I'll keep adding to it when I can though!
    – Erin
    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:09

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Thanks to everyone who viewed this and commented.

After sorting through some house stuff, I actually found my English review of this book I was describing. It's different from how I remember it but it's definitely the one! :) The book is called It's Time, Cassandra Klein by Karen Brooks.

When Cassandra receives an exceedingly ugly necklace for her birthday from her long-lost mother she is reluctant to try it on, but when she does she finds herself in a startling new world. Morphea is her mother's world - a place where the myths and legends of our world are a lived and continuous reality. When she is pursued by a witch called Hecate and kidnapped by the Ferryman Charon, she must find her way back home and rescue her father from the sinister Dr Proteus. But will she leave this place where the pull of her mother is so very strong?

  • There isn't a lot of information about this book online as best I can tell. If you post your review, I suspect you'll be expanding the information. :) Also, you can accept a self-answer 48 hours after asking the question by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 18, 2019 at 14:41

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