The Looking Glass Wars

By Frank Beddor
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up



Why Boys Will Read It:

An epic, cross dimensional saga of love, murder, betrayal, revenge and the endless war for Imagination.


What It's About:

An epic, cross dimensional saga of love, murder, betrayal, revenge and the endless war for Imagination.

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. With enemies circling and danger looming, someone close to Alyss lets her down—and threatens the future of Wonderland forever.

Learn more at www.lookingglasswars.com.


How to Teach It:

Have a group discussion about retellings of famous stories—have a few examples ready and ask your students to help fill out the list.

As a writing activity, ask students to write retellings of an existing story. Some retellings, like The Looking Glass Wars, can tell the "real story" while others can simply have a different setting or more filled-out characters. The best stories to retell are sometimes the simplest—fairy tales and fables can be a good place to start.


Series Books

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