Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland — where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.
A.G. Howard is most at home
when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes,
twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what
would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier
tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won
her heart as a child.
A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Her debut YA fantasy, Splintered, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is now available from Amulet Books.