Why this book?
Bear with me for a moment. Yes, there are grave and deep questions about Lewis Carroll, none of which I’d ever minimize, but when talking about great MG books featuring chess, Alice is the OG. Alice’s second adventure mirrors a game of chess in the action and character arcs. At the beginning of this tale, Alice is powerless, a true pawn. In order to reach her goal, she has no choice but to follow the rules of the game; all of which are fixed and unmovable. Yet, through the story, she becomes more confident and able, maturing and eventually evolves into a Queen. As an adult, I love the symbolism, but as a kid, this was the book that first introduced me to the wonders of chess and seeing life as a game that one must both take seriously and enjoy.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Why should I read it?
9 authors picked Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll (the pseudonym of Charles Dodgson). It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.
One of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction, its narrative, structure, characters and imagery have been enormously…
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