Splintered by AG Howard

Splintered

 

This is a re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa Gardner is the great granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the real girl for whom Lewis Carroll created his masterpiece. But what if he got it all wrong? What if Carroll dumbed down and made the dangerous Wonderland merely magical and quaint? What if something truly horrific happened to Alice and was covered up?

Alyssa’s mother is in a mental hospital and, as the book opens, we follow the daughter and her peculiar artform utilizing dead bugs. Alyssa is edgy, artsy, and perhaps mad like her mother. Or is she? As her mother worsens, Alyssa is summoned back to under-land to face a curse put in place generations ago.

AG Howard has done a wonderful job in creating a dark, sinister under-land. Carroll’s book has a sophistication of language, but the tale can easily be read by grade-schoolers. Howard’s book confronts YA topics including mental illness, cruelty, animal abuse, and sexual awakening. Alyssa herself is no Alice. She has a dark side seen reflected in the character of Morpheus who is her guide in under-land. At times she is attracted to him and at times she is repelled, but she seems to have control over neither. This is book one of what is becoming a popular series.

Wisdom from Children’s Authors

From the distant past and the present, here is some of the wisdom shared by authors who write for children.

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“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your mind is very limited. Use your intuition.”   Madeleine L’Engle

“Maybe we’re all in somebody’s dream. Maybe everything’s a dream, and nothing else.”  David Almond

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.”   Hans Christian Andersen

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”   JK Rowling

“A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.”   JRR Tolkien

“Never give up. No one knows what’s going to happen next.” L. Frank Baum

“I believe stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in.”     Neil Gaiman

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”   Lewis Carroll

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”   Dr. Seuss

“Kids deserve the right to think they can change the world.”   Lois Lowry