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Jess's parents in Bridge to Terabithia come to mind. They're present throughout the book, and help him in his crisis. Kendra and Seth's grandparents act as great parental figures in the Fablehaven books. My favorite "present" parents in literature are probably Wesley's in Serpent Tide. His step-mom and his dad are a big part of his life and his adventures. There are many parents I can think of that are in realistic ficiton. I think "present" parents are harder to find (and incorporate) in fantasy books because there is a stereotype of adults not believing and children having the greater imaginations. I think that's where the limit comes from; it's harder to tell a story where the adults believe in the magic.
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