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Through the Broken Mirror With Alice

Through the Broken Mirror With Alice by Maia Wojciechowska.

ISBN: 0152869506

Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972.

1st edition hardback with dustjacket.

From the bumf:

Armed only with a copy of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”, a 12-year-old African-American girl named Alice is turned out of her Harlem foster-home with nowhere to go and sets out on a fantastic journey based on the classic novel. Does she have a wonderful imagination or is she mad?

Alice meets transformations of the looking glass characters along the way : Alice, of course, becomes a pawn; the local librarian is the White Queen, the school history teacher is the Black Queen (“All the black ways around here belong to me,” the Black Queen says. “And all the white ways belong to me,” the White Queen adds) and the school principal and psychiatrist become Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Maia Wojciechowska (1927 – 2002) was a writer of books for teenagers and young adults. Born into a military family in Warsaw, she spent some time with her family in France and England before settling in the United States. She has worked as an undercover detective, a motorcycle racer, a translator for Radio Free Europe, a copy girl for Newsweek, editor, and a bullfighter in Mexico before turning to writing. She was a friend of Ernest Hemingway and two of his wives. She won the Newbery Medal in 1965 with Shadow of a Bull.

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