I just finished Abarat by Clive Barker, after putting it off reading it for about 1 year, I finally picked it up. I plowed through the book at an enormous rate. It was just such an amazing read. The ending was dissapointing though...but the whole story was cool.
It is about a girl name Candy Quackenbush who lives in the small, boring town of Chickentown, U.S.A. There, one day, she runs away from her house and just keeps running until finding a really, really old lighthouse in the middle of a pasture. There she meets a creature name John Mischief who's running away from another creature called Mendelson Shape. She agrees to help him and she goes up to the lighthouse and lights it just as Shape is about to kill her. The lighthouse was a magical lighthouse that made the Sea of Izabella appeared and the islands of Abarat be vulnerable for the world. She agrees to go to Abarat in search with a new, exciting life with John Mischief, but her dreams of a new life are suddenly changed as she has to foil Rojo Pixler's plans to take over every company and Christopher Carrion's plans to make the Midnight rule all of the islands of Abarat.
Thats the book. It is a fantasy at high school level or so. It was pretty easy for me though, but it was a really great read.