Looking for the title of a children's book possibly read in the 90s or earlier. There is a boy who creates a Möbius strip out of paper that he keeps in his wardrobe. He discovers that if he walks through it using a shuffling monster-like gait then he can travel to a fantasy world. It had a name for the shuffle but I can't recall it.

I vaguely remember it being a typical fantasy world like in any role-playing game, with parties of barbarians and wizards etc. that make up questing parties seeking adventure.

There may have been more than one book, because in one story set later on there was a villain who ruled over a wasteland area who was widely known. The protagonist joined a party that went into the wasteland and survived. Turned out that the female barbarian leader of the party was the villain's estranged wife.

Also the villain had a powerful mage who turned out to be the protagonist's sister who had followed him through the Möbius strip and had impressed the villain with an electric torch.

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    In Brian Lumley's "Necroscope" series there is a "Möbius Continuum" which allows to travel between dimensions. But this is certainly not a children series... – Kao Oct 13 '14 at 12:26
  • This provides a good level of information for the story. Can you remember any details about the book itself? What was the cover like? Was it new when you read it or much older than the 90s? What language/nationality was it? Was it a full novel or a shorter novella? When you say children's book do you mean young children or teenagers/YA? – Moogle Oct 13 '14 at 12:35
  • I'm afraid I can't recall what the book looked like at all. It may have been older but it felt quite modern and on-trend in its writing style (bearing that this was likely read in 1991). It wasn't all that well written but it was probably marketed for young teens. Hard to say if it was British or American. – Lasairfion Oct 18 '14 at 13:48
  • I've been trying to remember the name for months! There was definitely more than one book, I seem to remember the gateway being referred to as a 'Moebius warp' and the shuffle definitely involved dragging one foot behind. The story I remember most clearly involved the protaganist and a few friends who he had previously met in the other world. They went about exploring a pyramid, encountered several traps and I'm sure there were spiders that looked like large emeralds chasing them down at points. – user35541 Nov 1 '14 at 19:24
  • I keep coming up withe Sonic the Hedgehog when I search for it.....anyways, I've found a forum with a couple of posters who appears to be looking for the same book series: {forums.abebooks.co.uk/discussions/AbeBookscouk_BookSleuth/_/_/…} – Trish Ling Dec 1 '14 at 21:34

Barmy Jeffers and the Quasimodo walk by J.H. Brennan?

Deletionpedia entry:

Barney "Barmy" Jeffers is an ordinary boy with an enthusiasm for roleplaying games. He has developed an unusual gait, called the "Quasimodo Walk" which he performs in order to irritate his younger sister. One day, while exploring an abandoned building, he performs the Walk on an impulse and accidentally falls through into an alternate reality.

In the other world, he meets the Reverend Lancelot Bong, a cleric from the Order of the Church Militant, who takes him in. Bong explains that reality is like a Moebius Strip and that Barmy fell through from one "side" to the other as a result of the Quasimodo Walk - monsters can pass through the "twist" between realities, and the Walk makes Barmy resemble a monster. Bong proposes an expedition to find an expert in reality warps, so that Barmy can get home to his own reality.

They gather together a party of adventurers (each of whom embodies a parodic representation of a D&D class). This is fairly easy, because in this reality adventuring into the monster-filled wilderness in search of treasure is a popular (if dangerous) career. In addition to Barmy and the Reverend Bong, their party consists of:

  • Facecrusher - a female fighter, and the expedition's leader.
  • The Amazing Presto, a wizard who trains Barmy in rudimentary magic.
  • Ben, a friendly dwarf.
  • Aspen, an attractive female fighter (probably a mystic, in D&D terms) with a strange stone-ball weapon no-one else can lift.
  • Pendragon, a paladin who is largely ridiculed by the rest of the party.
  • Rowan, a thief who is accompanied by an enormous dog named Eyenek.

The party rapidly discover that the specialist they seek has been captured by the villainous Baron Tanaka. When they infiltrate his castle, they discover that Lauren (Barmy's sister) has followed him to the alternate reality and become Tanaka's Court Wizard, by dint of impressing him with a battery-powered torch. She attempts to help the party, but they are captured anyway. Tanaka intends to execute them all, but Barmy uses a spell to summon an entity known as a "slith" which destroys the castle, and the party escape along with Lauren and the specialist who was imprisoned in Tanaka's castle.

In the end:

The specialist demonstrates that all that is needed to create a portable "twist" is to make a large enough Moebius strip from paper and hang it up so that they can Quasimodo Walk through it. Lauren and Barmy do this, and return home.

  • Now that I have a description pasted in, I think this probably is the answer, not that I'm expecting Lasairfron to come back... – FuzzyBoots Dec 6 '14 at 17:14
  • I am back! And this is the answer. You don't know how happy I am. Now I can go and order a copy :) – Lasairfion May 8 '15 at 19:01

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