Eric is a typical grade school boy who would rather play ball than do his chores. Cleaning the basement becomes an adventure, though, when he discovers a hidden, magical staircase in a storage closet. With his friends Julie and Neal, Eric explores the land of Droon which the wicked Lord Sparr seeks to control. There they meet Princess Keeah and a wizard, Galen, whom they assist in this battle between good and evil.
Beginning readers who like the Magic Tree House books will enjoy the very similar Secrets of Droon series. While the characters are superficial and dialogue simplistic, these books are fast-paced and numerous, making them a good option for avid readers not ready for more substantial literature.
Jennifer Minicus is a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.