Splintered: Book 1
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|Format: ||Paperback, 400 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 January 2013|
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers, precisely the problem that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Surely, she tells herself, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is directly descended from Alice Liddell, the real life inspiration for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. But when her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear, Alyssa learns that she's not mad but she must find the origins of a secret family curse. A series of clues leads her through a cracked mirror into the real Wonderland, a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There she must decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy-but-suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland who may have dark motives all of his own. A high-concept romantic YA with huge potential.
Carroll's Alice books are perennially popular among kids and adults (as Tim Burton's recent film adaptation proves, as well as the success of our own Alice colouring book). This new take on a classic uses the elements of Wonderland in new and surprising ways.; YA fantasy is a huge segment of the market and this title has a strong hook, appealing characters and an understanding of its core teen audience which will make it stand out among its competition.; The sparks fly between Alyssa and her long-time crush, Jeb. There's a hint of a love triangle, too, with her attraction to the mysterious, otherworldly Morpheus.; We are bringing this title in both Hardback and Paperback, it is a sure fire winner in the young adult market with fantasy and romance themes, plus a strong heroine to boot.
About the Author
Anita Grace Howard is a writer and a library clerk at a middle school. Splintered is her first novel.
Gr 8 Up-This darker, modern update of Alice in Wonderland is more likely to please fans of Tim Burton's film adaptation than those of Lewis Carroll's novel. Alyssa, 16, is a descendant of Alice Liddell, the girl who was Carroll's inspiration for Alice. Her mother lives in a mental institution, and she herself struggles with hearing voices from insects and flowers. Do the women in her family suffer from a curse that can somehow be traced back to the original Alice? The opening chapters drag a bit, but the action picks up when Alyssa finds herself in Wonderland, fighting for her survival-and for her mother's sanity. Howard maintains a lush atmosphere throughout, reintroducing Carroll's characters as truly nightmarish monsters. Though Alyssa's ongoing quests can sometimes seem aimless and the requisite love triangle forced, teens looking for a creepy, descriptive read with a generous dollop of romance will gravitate toward this title.-Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
21 x 14 centimeters (0.40 kg)|
10-14 years |