I've been trying to remember the title of this fantasy book. I believe it was from the early 90's.

It was about a human boy who was at a party, gets in trouble with some rough teenagers and gets chased out onto some ice. He falls through and as he is drowning gets sucked into a magical world. There he meets a girl and a guy who help him understand the world he is in where people from other worlds end up. Also they have to overcome trials, like his drowning. Then there is a girl who is claustrophobic, and also I think a guy with a fear of fire.

  • I think I recall this book. Didn't the characters get magical equipment, like boots that let them cover the distance of ten steps in a single stride? If I recall, it was written by a teen who died, and his favorite author (at his request) polished it up and published it under his name.
    – Jeff
    Commented Sep 30, 2012 at 6:07
  • Yeah, I just re-read this recently. It's absolutely Through the Ice.
    – Jeff
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 13:59

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Could it be Through the Ice by Robert Kornwise and Piers Anthony?

From Amazon:

Book Description

Publication Date: April 1, 1992

One minute Seth was fighting for his life against a gang of teenage punks in Michigan, the next he had fallen through the ice--into another, magical Earth. Seth, along with a telepath, a faun, and a giant have been chosen from four different Earth planes to fulfill a quest in a world of magic.

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    Late comment on this, but the publishing history of this is interesting in that Robert Kornwise wrote most of the book before suffering from a fatal automobile accident at 16 whereupon his friends sent the manuscript to Piers Anthony, his favorite author, with a request to complete and publish it.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 20:22

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