Teen review: “The Looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor

“The Looking Glass Wars” is a twisted version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” where the Mad Hatter is called Hatter Madigan and is the queen’s personal bodyguard, and Alyss is the princess. When Alyss’ Aunt Redd attacks the queen’s reign, Alyss jumps through a portal called the Pool of Tears. Finding herself in London, Alyss spends time with street orphans but eventually finds her way to an orphanage and is finally adopted. Her entire time there, she tries to convince people of who she is and where she comes from, but they all think she is plain crazy. One person listens to her and writes down her tale to turn it into a book. He messes everything up and even calls her Alice in the book. After many years of suffering, she finally, to the joy of her kingdom, makes it back. Her kingdom has been at war during her time in our world. Now it is up to Alyss to save everyone and overthrow her Aunt Redd. This book makes you question all of your previous ideas about the classical story “Alice in Wonderland” written by Lewis Carroll.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

"The Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor book cover

“The Looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor

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