Instead of a full planet, this book is about a lost and secret land filled with magical creatures. You name it: fairies, dragons, plants that have eyes, and while not everyone is happy, it's pleasant and rather better than our distilled, corrupt, and overpopulated Earth. Everything seems to be, simply put, just right. There's just one glitch. This land's hidden entrance is in Platform 13 at the London Transit, and it opens for nine days every nine years, but just once every time. No going back after you've made your choice. The last time it was opened, the King and Queen's beloved baby boy was kidnapped and the gate closed too soon to save him from a Mrs. Trottle. His name is said to be Raymond. The door has finally opened once more, and now, four chosen warriors, an old wizard resembling Dumbledore, named Cornelius, a plant lover named Gurkintrude, and ogre with a weird magical floating eye named Hans, and a volunteer around Raymond's age named Odge, must travel, find, and rescue Raymond. The only catch is, Raymond doesn't know any of this. Will he even want to go to this world? Is he as sweet as everyone expected him to be?
Now, this is a very old book. There's a telly in it, so don't worry, it's not Great Depression old. While the heroes try to convince a certain greedy someone to come along, they meet another boy who seems incredibly kind and boy material, but he's not the king. Immediately, I saw a pattern forming that came, but that's pretty much all I can say that's bad about this book. The heroes eventually plan a magical heist in a giant security hotel, and it's funny how ridiculous yet memorable it is. The Secret of Platform 13 is also edgy, aware of itself, simply plotted, and beautifully written without ever being convoluted.