The Lost Wonderland Diaries by J. Scott Savage
Lewis Carroll created a curious and fantastical world in his classic book Alice in Wonderland, but he secretly recorded the true story of his actual travels to Wonderland in four journals which have been lost to the world…until now.
Celia and Tyrus discover the legendary Lost Diaries of Wonderland and fall into a portal that pulls them into the same fantasy world as the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. However, Wonderland has vastly changed. A darkness has settled over the land, and some creatures and characters that Tyrus remembers from the book have been transformed into angry monsters.
Celia and Tyrus make their way through this unpredictable and dangerous land, helped by familiar friends including the Cheshire Cat and a new character, Sylvan, a young rabbit. Together, they desperately work to solve puzzles and riddles, looking for a way out of Wonderland. But the danger increases when the Queen of Hearts begins hunting them. Believing the two young visitors hold the key to opening multiple portals to multiple worlds, she will stop at nothing to capture them.
It’s up to Celia and Tyrus to save Wonderland and the real world. It’s a race against time before they are trapped in Wonderland forever.
Celia has dyslexia, and has a gift for numbers. Tyrus loves reading more than anything. They may seem like an odd pair, but their strengths and uniqueness makes them a great team – especially when they are suddenly pulled into Wonderland. Celia’s ancestor wrote about Wonderland, and it seems she had more in common with him than she ever knew.
The two children team up with a young rabbit to help stop whatever has been attacking the creatures of Wonderland. Along the way, they meet a lot of familiar characters who all seem a bit different than what they’ve read about.
The Lost Wonderland Diaries is the first in an inspired new fantasy series based on Lewis Carroll’s works. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but the premise intrigued me. I’m so glad I went ahead and read it. It’s so much more than a world of silly characters. It’s a story about discovering who you are and being proud of it. Yet their adventure in Wonderland is still full of wonder, puzzles, danger, and mystery. Fairy tale fans of all ages will enjoy this fantastic new novel.