Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Alice was real although her name was spelled Alyss, one of the many details Lewis Carroll got wrong in the story told to him by the young queen of Wonderland, according to Beddor's imaginative opener to a planned trilogy. Seven-year-old Alyss Heart is heir to the throne of Wonderland, just beginning her training under her albino tutor Bibwit Harte (an anagram for 'white rabbit,' one of many such puns) when her evil aunt Redd, long ago banished to the Chessboard Desert, leads a violent coup that kills King Nolan, Alyss's father. Alyss narrowly escapes (via a looking glass, naturally) with the help of bodyguard Hatter Madigan, and ends up in a London orphanage. Here she meets Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a 'gentle, shrinking-violet type of fellow,' who will turn her story into a children's book; years later, Hatter finds the book during his quest to find the lost princess, and seeks out Carroll. While the girl (now Alice Liddell) prepares to marry Prince Leopold, life in Wonderland grows ever harsher under the reign of Redd, and the 'Alyssinians' await the return of their young queen-to-be. Beddor makes ample use of Carroll-esque humor and wit, so much so that the thought of an entire trilogy is somewhat daunting; fortunately, the ending to this first entry allows readers to treat it as a standalone. Fans of the source material will find this an entertaining diversion, while those unfamiliar with it will miss much of the humor. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Agent: Barbara Marshall Ltd." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A highly original and engrossing read that takes the story of Carroll's Alice and turns it on its head in a totally believable way. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the next volume." Children's Buyer's Guide
"The action moves swiftly from one complex scene to the next." Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eadable and appealing...a good choice for reluctant readers." KLIATT
"Fans of Carroll's stories will flock to this and those who have managed to miss that less violent classic can get to it while waiting for the next volume in this exciting and humorous trilogy." School Library Journal
"The clever premise, the superior production values, and the publisher's ambitious marketing plans will no doubt ensure success at least on par with that of other recent juvenile fantasies. This book is enjoyable, but it could have been more." VOYA
"Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings of Dodgson's concepts...but his transformation of Wonderland's lunacy into a workable world sometimes leads to stilted exposition on history, geography, and government." Booklist
Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings...His attention, happily, put Wonderland back on the map again. (Booklist)
Forget all you know, put aside your preconceived notions, and prepare to experience the extraordinary reality behind the fantasy...of Wonderland.
Frank Beddor has spent five years researching the true story behind Alice in Wonderland. What he has discovered is an epic saga of love, murder, revenge, war and the revelation of the truth.
The real Alyss was born into a world of unearthly delights, destined to grow up and become Wonderland's most beloved queen. Until her fairy-tale life was shattered like the reflection in a looking glass. She sought refuge in our world, forgetting her own. Years later, a stranger stirs her memory, compelling her to return...
About the Author
Frank Beddor runs Automatic Pictures, and produced the hit film There's Something About Mary for 20th Century Fox. He hails from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Utah, where he trained for the US Ski Team. One of the world's foremost freestyle skiers, he won the World Championship twice. Frank began his entertainment career doing endorsements and commercials before performing the skiing stunts for the comedy Hot Dog: The Movie. Trading the alpine slopes for the Hollywood hills, Frank has acted alongside Emilio Estevez, Carrie Fisher, Chris Penn, Jennifer Tilly and Kevin Dillon.