Into the Sideways World by Ross Welford
The whole world was heading for war when Manny Weaver and I went through a ‘grey hole’ to another world. Till then, I didn’t believe in magic. Fairies, witches, magic spells, strange lands with talking animals, monsters with three heads and potions to turn you into a giant? Even when I was very little, I knew all that stuff wasn’t real. Then I encountered Manny, and the strange animal we called a ‘cog’, and the brother who I’d never met because he died before I was born. I rode through a lightning storm on a flying jet ski, and lived in a World Without War. And so now, if you ask me if I believe in magic? Let’s just say I’m not so sure.