Tomorrow is National Young Readers Day, an initiative to celebrate and encourage a love of reading in kids, and in honor of that, we bring you this interview with Frank Beddor, author of the popular young adult trilogy "The Looking Glass Wars," and most recently "ArchEnemy," the last book in the series.
The series is a retelling of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" which includes the real Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) themselves as characters. In this re-imagining, Alice becomes Princess Alyss and wages a Civil War-like battle against Redd Heart, Beddor's name for Carroll's queen.
While the series hasn't had much traditional critical acclaim (a notable exception is a recent LA Times review that marveled at the many incarnations that Beddor has created for the series, including a spin-off comic series, a coffee-table book, and an upcoming movie), the blogging world has dug right in. A BlogCritics review, for example, finds the books as engaging for "old" adults as for young adults.
In this Good Morning America interview, Beddor wows an audience of kids with his story and the beautiful antique "Alice in Wonderland" playing cards that started off his journey in the first place. You can read an excerpt from "ArchEnemy" on the Good Morning America website.