A Novel

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419704284
Branch Call Number: YA Howa
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 10, 2020

I absolutely love this!

Nov 17, 2019

I read this for the "A Retelling Of A Well-Known Story" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I liked it, the twists from the original Alice In Wonderland were well done, and I enjoyed the trials she had to face. The ending felt a bit rushed to me after how long the rest of the book took, and it doesn't leave me desperate for book 2.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

When Alyssa starts to hear flowers and bugs talking, is she going insane like her mother, or is it something deeper and more mysterious, linked to the ever mystical Wonderland?

Jun 29, 2018

I have never cared for "Alice in Wonderland". I favor the Disney princess retailing. I recommend this book for any reader that truly respects deep fantasy and has ADHD. The book is very fast pace and the ending is unexpecting. If I could change anything in the story, it would be the MC's choice of lover. I am not a Jeb fan.

Oct 08, 2016

An interesting twist on Alice in Wonderland, and though it's not my top favorites I would still recommend this to someone ready to read something new and daring.

Aug 11, 2016

a very good twist on alice and wonderland. i would recommend this to people who are a fan of that. i cant wait to read the next book

Aug 03, 2016

This book is the perfect mix of Romance, Mystery and a bit of Horror. That would be everything needed in a book i like to read. It's a great book/trilogy.

Jul 05, 2016

J'ai adoré ce livre. Le concept de la descendante d'Alice était très interessant. Même que toute ma famille (bon sauf mon père) a lu le livre.

Sep 26, 2015

When you’re related to Alice Liddell, be prepared, your life will literally turn upside down. Alyssa Gardener is the great-great-great granddaughter of the famous Alice Liddell. The one and only who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland book with her insane imagination. Except maybe, just maybe, she wasn’t insane or imaginary. Alyssa gets bullied at school, especially from Taelor, all because of her relationship with the insane lady. That someday she’ll end up like everyone else in her family- in an Asylum. Hated being made fun of, she isn’t alone. Neighbour, friend and secret crush Jebediah- Jeb- looks out for her, his intense green eyes, fiery red hair and an under-the-lip piercing makes everything better. Though Alyssa acts as if she’s completely normal, but she knows everyone is right, she is insane. Alyssa can talk to bugs and insects. She hears them everywhere and anytime, inspiring her unique collage pieces of bugs. Afraid of ending up like her mother, she always covers herself up to hide any resemblance to her mother, especially the one secret they have in common. But one fateful day, when she visits her mother, nothing goes as planned. When her mother realizes her secret she cautions Alyssa not to go looking for the Rabbit Hole or even go looking for anything related to wonderland, but it’s too late. After already finding a mysterious blue moth, nothing can be undone what’s been done, except one. Using the riddle her mother told her, Alyssa brings the feather, white gloves, Alice in Wonderland book and more Except, she can only prepare herself so much. In an epic adventure in fixing Wonderland, Alyssa can’t believe her eyes from what she sees- Wonderland is farfetched from the Lewis Carroll story. I guess that what you get from trusting and eight-year-old- but before she can get started on fixing Alice’s mistakes and reversing the curse on her family, she somehow brings Jeb into this wreck. As they travel around Wonderland, guided by Morpheus- Alyssa’s childhood, directly from Wonderland, who may or may not be telling the truth- she can help think, what else did Alice get wrong? As Morpheus talks about they’re childhood and how he taught her everything she knew, Alyssa is overwhelmed by confusion. As secrets are uncovered and lies are told, questions pop up from every possible way. Why are her memories of Morpheus foggy? Why are they cursed? Who cursed them? How do you break the curse? Why did Alice think she was stuck in a bird cage for eighty years of her life, when she has a family? And most of all, who’s lying to who?

In this epic twisted tale about Wonderland, you could never look at life the same. A.G Howard made a very impressive story for her first time book. The raw depth of the characters seem to really get to me. How everybody’s life isn’t perfect, but it’s when you realize it and realize you can’t fully change the past, but move on and make the best of the rest of your life, it’s really quite spectacular. The imagination it took to sew this book together, page by page, is surreal. I love the warped storyline. How everything can change in perspective depending on the age. I found the huge plot twist phenomenal- its genius! Though I found the beginning a little slow, I still definitely recommend this incredible book.

Aug 30, 2015

I absolutely loved this series!! It kept me constantly intrigued! I highly recommend it to anyone!!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Jan 27, 2017

Otterbox thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Oct 08, 2016

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Oct 08, 2016

black_pony_62 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Sep 15, 2015

guolin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 21

Aug 06, 2015

Library_Witch thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 31, 2015

OliveValentine thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 17 and 11

Jun 25, 2015

DouglasLinn thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add a Summary
Jun 25, 2015

Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great granddaughter of Alice Lidell, the main character in Lewis Caroll's "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland." Alyssa finds herself in a situation where she needs to revisit Wonderland to right certain wrongs imposed by the original Alice. However, the story takes many twists and turns, shows us our darker side of humanity while we are seeking the light of truth. It is a sultry and seductive tale as Alyssa learns the truth about her ancestry, the world, and love. Awesome novel!

Jul 13, 2014

This book is a twist on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. It follows the journey Alyssa Gardner as she learns the truth of her family history while she seeks to end the madness.


Add a Quote
Jun 25, 2015

"I hate you."
"Only because of the way I make you feel."
My fingernails eat into my palms. "Only because you bring out the worst in me."
"Oh no, luv. I bring out the life in you.” -- dialogue between Alyssa and Morpheus


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at STPL

To Top