The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

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The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.


 

About Frank Beddor

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Frank Beddor spent years tracking Alyss and the fractured truth of Wonderland's parallel existence before writing one word of his trilogy. Currently, Frank has gone underground somewhere in Los Angeles, California, to avoid the impassioned vigilantes at literary odds with his radical revelations while he finishes work on Seeing Redd, book two of The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Enter www.lookingglasswars.com to learn more. A multi-talented, multi-faceted individual, Frank Beddor is a former World champion in freestyle skiing and a Hollywood film producer whose credits include THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. Another interesting bit of trivia about Frank is that he was the stunt skier for John Cusack's character in the movie BETTER OFF DEAD.
 
Published August 21, 2007 by Speak. 408 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Princess Alyss, driven out of her Wonderland kingdom by her evil aunt, Redd, suffers years of exile in Victorian England before her dedicated bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, finds her.

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Publishers Weekly

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Narrator Doyle brings to life this fanciful re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .

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BC Books

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Author Frank Beddor has designs for turning this into a feature length film, and it most assuredly would rate a PG-13 if mirroring the source material.

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BC Books

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The Looking Glass Wars is a rollicking literary reinterpretation of the Alice in Wonderland universe sure to cast a spell on its targeted young adult audience as well as older readers.

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BC Books

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With whimsical elements and a boost of modern technology, and playing on the idea that Wonderland is a real place, the author introduces us to Alyss Heart, future Queen of Wonderland, who is celebrating her seventh birthday when her evil aunt Redd attacks the Wonderland palace.

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BC Books

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I enjoyed Beddor's take on Hatter Madigan (the Mad Hatter, of course) as a faithful bodyguard to the crown, and Beddor's reindition of the Cheshire Cat.

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BC Books

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It appears that all this time everything we thought we knew about Wonderland and that girl called Alice is about to be completely flipped on its head.

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Suite 101

In this sequel to the Silver Brumby, the great silver stallion Thowra has a beautiful creamy daughter.

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Teen Reads

Even if you haven't read Carroll's original, you probably know enough about the premise to be entertained by this book (although I recommend picking up ALICE IN WONDERLAND to fully appreciate what Beddor is trying to do).

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SF Site

Frank Beddor is CEO of Automatic Pictures, a film, television, and interactive game production company.

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Common Sense Media

Those who loved the first book will enjoy it well enough, but it doesn't have that thrill of the new;

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Common Sense Media

Written by a movie producer, plotted and paced like a movie, and promoted like one too, THE LOOKING GLASS WARS is a book designed for one thing -- to grab kids by the seat of the pants and keep them excitedly turning the pages.

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Open Book Society

Hatter Madigan and Alyss get pulled apart, Hatter Madigan popped up though a puddle in Pairs, France and Alyss popped up though a muddy puddle in Victorian London.Alyss struggles in our world to keep her imagination alive and to prove she is from Wonderland but after being adopted by the Liddell ...

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SFFWorld.com

Everybody thinks they know the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, but they only experienced Lewis Carroll’s (or Walt Disney’s) interpretation of the events Alice relayed.

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Spinetingler Magazine

If they are presented from the beginning as good or bad then they don’t change, there are no grey area characters just black and white.

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