The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon, Book 1)
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After entering the tiny room underneath the stairs, three friends find themselves in a magic world of shiny red men and flying lizards, and they are soon forced to face great challenges in order to survive and make their way back home.
Title Page Dedication 1: The Small Room 2: The Sky Below the Ground 3: Groggles and Ninns 4: At the Bridge 5: The Vanishing Tower 6: Home Must Wait 7: The Forbidden City 8: Prisoners! 9: Into Thin Air! 10: The World Under the Stairs The Adventure Continues … Also Available Copyright Eric Hinkle ran past his mother on his way through the kitchen. He was heading to the back door. “Neal and I are going to play soccer in the yard,” he said. “Julie’s coming, too. Gotta go.” “Stop.”
be from the Upper World. How did you get here?” Eric blinked when he thought of how to tell her. “I … uh … sort of … fell.” “You picked the worst place in all of Droon. Lord Sparr is very close. His red Ninns are everywhere, hunting for me on their flying groggles.” “Lord Sparr?” Eric repeated. “Ninns? Groggles?” “Did you hurt yourself?” The girl pressed her finger on Eric’s ankle. “Ouch!” Eric grunted. “It’s probably sprained.” Then the girl opened a small leather pouch on her wrist. She
another. “And my groggle’s too slow.” He nodded at his lizard. Ooga! Ooga! A sound like a horn blasted through the forest. Then the ground rumbled. “Is that a car?” Neal whispered from below. “Uh … sort of,” Julie answered. But it wasn’t like any car they had ever seen. It was long and yellow and had a bubble on top. It bounced down the road on eight fat tires. When it screeched to a stop in front of the Ninns, a tall man stepped out. He was different from the others, Eric thought. He
Leep whinnied sharply and slowed her gallop. “Hush now,” Max whispered. “We are close.” He pulled the reins, and the pilka plodded up a low hill to a jagged ridge. The high black walls of a large city loomed before them. The sky was thick with clouds. The air smelled of smoke. “Let me guess,” Neal said. “This is Plud.” The three riders slid to the ground in a grove of trees. Max jumped down with Leep’s cloak. “Don’t forget this. Invisibility might be useful.” “So would a magic key,” Julie
Eric said. “It happened. I had a weird dream about Droon —” “Not me.” Neal shook his head. “I was so tired teaching Snorky to fetch, I fell asleep before I hit the pillow. Actually, I fell asleep on my floor.” “I woke up on the floor!” Eric said. “It was weird. It felt like someone from Droon was sending the dream to me.” At that moment, Julie came into the yard. Eric ran over to her. “Julie, something strange is going on —” “First, let me tell you about my dream,” Julie said. “I was in