I wish I had heard of these books by N. D. Wilson a little sooner. They tell, in charming fashion, the tale of Henry York (and his family), from Henry, Kansas to an ancient city by the sea and from learning to pitch a baseball to dealing with typewriter-obsessed faeren and undying evil. The characters are distinctly themselves, the plot is solid, and the ending is quite satisfying. What more can I say? Wilson uses English in a surprising, humorous way that I've only seen from a few other writers. Check them out.
The books are 100 Cupboards, Dandelion Fire, and The Chestnut King.