150 Years of Alice

Splintered book cover.150 years ago “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published for the very first time. This classic tale of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and experiences all sorts of adventures in a magical place called Wonderland has been honored in many ways since 1865. The story and its titular character have been adapted into countless movies, TV shows, and live performances over the years. Several authors have used Alice as an inspiration for their own written works, as well.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alice – which is being called “Alice150” and will be celebrated through several major events around the world – here are a few titles available through JMRL that take inspiration from Alice’s adventures:

Splintered by A.G. Howard – A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter – When her entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye, Ali is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil Aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins – When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin – Octogenarian Alice, who as a child inspired Lewis Carroll’s famous Wonderland character, looks back on a life marked by an implacable mother, her halcyon days in Oxford and the sons who went off to war.

Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose – A graphic novel re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland.

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