I read this around 5-6 years ago, so the details I remember are really vague.

What I remember:

  • There was a brother and a sister (I think the brother was Connor and the sister, Alex).
  • The sister finds out about a magical book and starts dropping pencils into it and the pencils vanish.
  • The sister hops into the book and the brother follows her.
  • The two fall into a sort of fantasy kingdom where they meet a frog.
  • To get back to their world, they start to gather magical objects to form a spell that gives them a wish.
  • They gather the objects but then some sort of storytale villain stops them and makes their own wish.

  • They meet their grandmother and go back to the modern world.

Is there a book that fits this description?

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Pretty sure this is one of the The Land of Stories books by Chris Colfer.

Probably the first book, The Wishing Spell.

The kids names and story fit.

Goodreads says this about the first book.

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought

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