Once Upon a Wardrobe (Hardcover)

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At this most wonderful time of the year, who doesn't just want to walk through that wardrobe into the world of Narnia and experience all the wonder!


A young boy who is seriously ill is questioning where this wonderful story came from. He asks his older college age sister, who attends Oxford University where the author teaches, to talk to Mr C.S. Lewis and to find out "how he created Narnia."


In heart wrenching snippets, she meets with Mr. Lewis and conveys a gradual picture to her little brother: one of C.S. Lewis' past and how his own history led to led to the present story that we all know and love! Once again, Patti Callahan's beautiful heartfelt writing wins our respect! A love letter to the magic of stories.

— Laurie

November 2021 Indie Next List

“About the transformative power of books, with touches of fairy tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe is for everyone who ever loved The Chronicles of Narnia and wants to make a return trip back into C.S. Lewis’ world.”
— Taylor Owens, Wilson Book Gallery, Wilson, WY


Megs Devonshire sets out to fulfill her younger brother George's last wish by uncovering the truth behind his favorite story. The answer provides hope and healing and a magical journey for anyone whose life has ever been changed by a book.

1950: Margaret Devonshire (Megs) is a seventeen-year-old student of mathematics and physics at Oxford University. When her beloved eight-year-old brother asks Megs if Narnia is real, logical Megs tells him it's just a book for children, and certainly not true. Homebound due to his illness, and remaining fixated on his favorite books, George presses her to ask the author of the recently released novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe a question: "Where did Narnia come from?"

Despite her fear about approaching the famous author, who is a professor at her school, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with C.S. Lewis and his own brother Warnie, begging them for answers.

Rather than directly telling her where Narnia came from, Lewis encourages Megs to form her own conclusion as he slowly tells her the little-known stories from his own life that led to his inspiration. As she takes these stories home to George, the little boy travels farther in his imagination than he ever could in real life.

Lewis's answers will reveal to Megs and her family many truths that science and math cannot, and the gift she thought she was giving to her brother--the story behind Narnia--turns out to be his gift to her, instead: hope.

  • A captivating, standalone historical novel combining fact and fiction
  • An emotional journey into the books and stories that make us who we are
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Product Details
ISBN: 9780785251729
ISBN-10: 0785251723
Publisher: Harper Muse
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English