Through the Broken Mirror with Alice

Through the Broken Mirror with Alice

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Thrown out of her 12th foster home with only a copy of "Through the Looking-Glass," a 12-year-old black girl interchanges the people and situations of her life with those in the book.
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  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 125 pages
  • 139.7 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0152869506
  • 9780152869502

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A black Alice, kicked out of her twelfth foster home and with a "bee" buzzing inside her head (the result of witnessing the murders of her father and grandfather), steps through the looking glass and finds herself being fought over by the Black and White Queens (in reality Mrs. Redd the black teacher and Mrs. White the white librarian). The latter scores points with arguments like "your king seems to have no interest in it (the game) at all. As a matter of fact, each time I see him, he either appears quite dead or else keeps saying, 'I have a dream!'" Thus she enlists Alice as a white pawn while the school principal Mr. Tweedle and the psychiatrist Mr. Dee sing a song about how the walrus ate all those oysters (foster children) and the welfare investigator Humpty Dumpty explains the "code language" of Jabberwocky - "Brillig means living in sin, without bothering to get married or even stay with the same person, Slithy is the slimy ways some of them use to get their relief checks. Toves are the droves of kids they've got." In the end old Uncle Sam mutates into Mr. Sam the Pusher Man; the bee, who's been working for him all along gets squashed between the pages of Lewis Carroll's original, and Alice, having conquered fear, marches off to play the chess game of life - heading for that eighth square and the chance to be a queen instead of a pawn. Lest anyone miss the point, we are assured that "what Alice was actually doing was trying to survive a very difficult day by escaping into fantasy." A very difficult day indeed, and the pretentiously allegorical parade of stereotypes doesn't make it any easier. (Kirkus Reviews)
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