Bulldog Library

Looking Glass Wars

on May 24, 2013

YA F Beddor    •    AR Reading Level: 6.7    •    AR Points: 12.0    •    Quiz #109069

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Alyss is the Princess of Wonderland.  Today is her seventh birthday, and all of Wonderland is celebrating the momentous occasion.  But the Wonderlander’s revelries will be abruptly and violently ended when Alyss’ evil Aunt Redd attacks Heart Palace and kills Alyss’ mother, Queen Genevieve.  Aided by the loyal head of the Millenary Guard, Hatter Madigan, Alyss makes a narrow escape from Heart Palace, but is forced to flee to another world through the Pool of Tears.  This narrow escape leaves Wonderland in the merciless hands of Redd, and Alyss is lost and alone in London.  Will Hatter Madigan be able to find Alyss and rescue her from exile?  Even if she is found, can an untrained princess wrest control of Wonderland from the evil Redd?

Readers should be aware that Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars is a much darker book than the Lewis Carrol’s original Wonderland books: Alice In Wonderland  and Alice through the Looking Glass.  Reader wanting this book to be like Lewis Carroll’s original Wonderland books will be disappointed.  This is a fast-paced action adventure fantasy that draws from elements of Carroll’s Wonderland, as well as the true story of Alice Liddell and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll), to create a completely new interpretation of Wonderland and its most famous inhabitants.  For example, the tea-loving Mad Hatter has been transformed by Beddor into the blade-wielding warrior Hatter Madigan.  This dark re-imaging of Wonderland may be disturbing for younger readers, but older tweens and teens will enjoy this new look at beloved characters and the high-action fight between Alyss and Redd for the fate of Wonderland.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 6 and up

Beddor, F. (2006). The Looking Glass Wars. New York, NY: Dial Books.

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