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Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars


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Frank Beddor is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Looking Glass Wars, the young-adult novel that first introduced young readers to the true story of Alyss. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Gr 4-7-After expelling her evil Aunt Redd from Wonderland's throne in The Looking Glass Wars (Dial, 2006; Scholastic Audiobooks, 2006), Frank Beddor's sequel (Dial, 2007) finds Queen Alyss dealing with the burden of ruling the kingdom and negotiating with King Arch from the neighboring country of Borderland. Arch quickly proves himself to be a dangerous enemy with elaborate plans to overthrow Alyss and her kingdom. Meanwhile, Redd is working her villainy to regain her power and wreak vengeance on her niece. There is plenty of violence, gore, and battle action here, and readers will find the pace breathtaking. Gerard Doyle skillfully captures the tempo of this fantasy and provides each character with a unique voice. His excellent presentation will create new fans and captivate current devotees.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In Vendetta, the second installment in Chris Humphrey's Runestone Saga, Sky travels back in time to gather wisdom from his ancestors in order to challenge his grandfather. About the first book, The Fetch, PW wrote that the author "melds real and unreal elements to powerful effect." (Knopf, $15.99 336p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-375-83293-2; Aug.) Having won back her throne in The Looking Glass Wars (called an "imaginative opener" by PW), Alyss is now faced with ruling Wonderland. But when the fearsome foot soldiers from her evil Aunt Redd's reign start appearing, Alyss must once again find the strength to do battle with the forces of darkness in Frank Beddor's Seeing Redd. (Dial, $17.99 384p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-8037-3155-4; Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"There is plenty of violence, gore, and battle action here, and readers will find the pace breathtaking."--School Library Journal

"If you are interested in watching the birth of a well-thought out franchise, then this is for you. If you are simply curious or a hard-core fan of fantasy fiction, the looking glass awaits."--Children's Literature

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