This is going to be unfortunately vague (I read these books as a kid...some 15/20 years ago).

What I can remember is that the stories/books had a dark atmosphere, that the main characters were young, that they found some kind of wormhole in a garden that would take them to another place.

I've searched online, tried looking at lists of books published around the time...nothing!

Can anyone help?

Additional Information: I'm sure there were a group of them - all children/teenagers. Mix of genders. Setting might well have been England, but might have been elsewhere. The only other detail I remember is that there was a series of books about this.

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    This is incredibly vague and fits many books. A quick search on google for young adult books featuring portals found in gardens (and woods at the bottom of gardens) reveals at least 10 possible matches. Can you offer any extra information; Characters (Male/female/ages), Events (villains/quest/items collected), description of the portal (big/small/swirling/doorway), setting (England/America/other)? – Valorum Feb 16 '15 at 10:56
  • Thanks for the prompt. Updated question with some additional details. Really struggling to remember more though! For my brain, 15 years is a long time... – ediblemanager Feb 16 '15 at 13:59
  • Was this more fantasy based? Or like space based? The portal took them to another planet? Were there aliens? Or to another land? Any mythical creatures you can remember? – Deleteman Feb 16 '15 at 14:12
  • From what I can remember - fantasy based. Definitely not sci-fi. The other planet was fantasy based (sounds very Narnia-esque written out, but certainly wasn't. The dark undertone remained throughout the series). Can't remember any mythical creatures - but perhaps there were power/magical abilities involved? – ediblemanager Feb 16 '15 at 14:43
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    If you don't remember any mythical creatures and aren't sure about magic, how do you know for sure it was fantasy? Could it be a sci-fi novel where they are transported to some alternate world without any advanced technology? – Hypnosifl Feb 16 '15 at 17:02

I'm not at all sure about this...but could the book in question posssibly be one of Madelaine L'Engle's? If I remember correctly, the first book in that series "A Wrinkle in Time" involved children moving through other worlds, and was fairly dark in nature. It's been some time since I've read it but I believe the method used to travel was called a 'Tesseract'.

  • After reading the blurb about this story, it doesn't seem familiar...but does seem like a good read! Thanks for your efforts. I'm hoping that the more suggestions I see, the less dimly remembered this book will be. – ediblemanager Feb 19 '15 at 16:10

The story is called A Wrinkle In Time... I've read it a million times as a kid. The movie sucked but I loved the book.

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    While this answer may be correct, it would be better if you explain how the events in the book match those described in the question. – Blackwood Sep 28 '16 at 2:41
  • Can you expand on this please? What features of the book match the OP's criteria? – Möoz Sep 28 '16 at 2:55

The story sounds incredibly like "The Secret Garden", 1910, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was a novel, originally published in serial format, and in 1993, a film with Maggie Smith. I remember the film, and the lovely story.

I checked on IMDb to find the availability and to see a clip. It is available for viewing on Amazon.

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    Are you sure there's a wormhole in "The Secret Garden"? – user14111 Apr 12 '16 at 22:07

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