After returning from Wonderland, Celia and Tyrus journey to the Looking-Glass World to reclaim their mirror images and stop a war between two powerful queens.
When a dark creature called the Bandersnatch steals Lewis Carroll’s lost diaries, Celia and Tyrus try to get it back but are tricked into passing through a magic mirror into the Looking-Glass World, a place where everything—themselves included—are divided in two, like identical twins. Celia’s astute logic and Tyrus’s exceptional imagination now belong to their mirror images, Lia and Ty, who are generals in the Red Queen’s Army, which is at war against the White Kingdom.
Left without their greatest problem-solving skills, Celia and Tyrus must rely on each other more than ever as they play a massive game of chess to try to catch their mirror images, who always seem to be one step ahead of them. Along the way, they engage in a rhyming battle with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, seek advice from Humpty and Dumpty, and learn how to believe in the impossible from the White Queen, who remembers the future as if it were the past.
As the final battle draws near, Celia and Tyrus form an uneasy alliance with Lia and Ty in order to find the legendary vorpal sword—the only weapon powerful enough to stop the war. If they fail, not only will two kingdoms be destroyed, but Celia and Tyrus might never regain their stolen talents and be trapped in the Looking-Glass World forever.
Wandering through Wonderland was wacky, but this time, we get to tag along in the Looking-Glass World, which might just be even crazier! Celia and Tyrus are trying to find out how to save their mirror images, all while figuring out if they have any value without them.
The whole time I was reading this story, bits and pieces of the Jabberwocky kept going through my mind. I never understood the poem (poetry is not my thing) but my oldest memorized it in school and I can still remember him quoting parts of it. This story actually helped me understand the poem a bit more, so thanks for that!
At first glance, this story might seem like just another middle-grade adventure story, but it's much more than that. It deals with self-image, learning to love and accept your whole self, not just the parts of you that seem to be your "best" quality. I enjoyed the quirkyness of the story - all except for ending the last sentence of a chapter with the next chapter heading. That was distracting and kind of annoying. The author explains why he does that at the end of the book, but I still am not a fan.
Other than that, I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to having my children read it.
Title: The Lost Wonderland Diaries: Secrets of the Looking Glass