Middle-grade Review: Secrets of the Looking Glass (The Lost Wonderland Diaries, #2) by J. Scott Savage

Posted September 5, 2022 by jrsbookr in Fantasy, Middle grade / 0 Comments

by J. Scott Savage
Middle-grade Review: Secrets of the Looking Glass (The Lost Wonderland Diaries, #2)  by J. Scott SavageSecrets of the Looking Glass Series: The lost wonderland diaries #2
Published by Shadow Mountain on September 5, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 368
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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.


Secrets of the looking glass is the second book in the Lost Wonderland Diaries series inspired by the second book in the Alice in wonderland series. Celia and Tyrus will spend most of this book not being whole as they have been split into mirror images by Lia and Ty and have their logic and imagination. In this second book, we learn more about the Bandersnatch and the Jabberwocky and the absolute truth behind the looking glass war. 

This second book is an adventure in discovering that a tiny part of you, like your logic, does not make you any less if you lose it or have to find another way to achieve your goal.

As Hatta said: “So it is with the two of you,

Hatta said, his fingers flying

as he wove the grass into a long, thin rectangle and added more

“Humans–all creatures, for that matter-are far deeper than

any ocean. Every one of them is brimming with talents, ideas, emotions, thoughts, dreams, potential, vision, and infinite possibilities, and stealing one piece away is no more devastating than stealing a drink from the ocean, no more disastrous than pinching a single strawberry seed from a jam tart.”

If you a fan of Alice in wonderland, this series will keep you guessing and reading right up to the last page as we explore more of wonderland. 



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About J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage is the author of 19 novels including the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld series, and the Case File 13 series, and the Lost Wonderland Diaries.

He has been writing books for over twenty years. His books have received various recognitions including Junior Library Selection, Starred reviews from PW and Kirkus, Amazon Book of the Month,
Barnes and Noble Select book, and several state award nominations.

He has visited over 2500 schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife Jennifer in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.