Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

The Other Alice

by

The Other Alice Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 5 based on 7
7 Reviews
Write a Review

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . .

Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and - most of all - stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer.

When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice's stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories , is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town.

But every tale has its villains - and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all . . .

A rich and twisting tale of magic, riddles and the power of imagination, from a classic author.

'An exciting, original, gripping adventure, embroidered with riddles and curses, laced with dry wit, and which gallops along at a terrific pace' Daily Mail
'Beautifully written... a true testament to the power of storytelling' Guardian
'A story brimming with magic, riddles and extremely mischievous ink. Wonderful storytelling' Abi Elphinstone, author of the Dreamsnatcher series

The Other Alice Reviews | Toppsta

9781471124273

Share on

Featured Book
Book pages The Good Thieves
The Good Thieves

Bestselling and award-winning author, Katherine Rundell, returns with a brilliant new story packed with adventure and excitement, recommended for ages 9+

View book
Featured Book
Book pages Cinders and Sparks: Magic at Midnight
Cinders and Sparks: Magic at Midnight

Perfect for readers of 7+, Cinders & Sparks is a fresh, funny and fabulous take on Cinderella, for everyone who loved Frozen and Shrek.

View book

Category

See More General fiction

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

12th August '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
this book is fantastic and i did not want to put it down.
it was really good and the ending was brilliant
i would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 9 plus 
14th August '16
I read it to Bobbin aged 8 aged 8
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
This is an amazing story, one of the best children's tales that I have read, and one that I would highly recommend reading. The main character, Alice, disappears leaving her brother to solve the mystery of what has happened to her. What ensues is a magical adventure in which characters from stories written by Alice have come to life. The story is fast paced and full of clues that need to be solved and riddles to resolve. There are bits in the book that were a not scary for my eight year old (a bit at the beginning that described a number of ways in which one character had killed people) and parts of the ending. With a bit of reading ahead I managed to skip those bit. This is a fantastic, must-read book.
8th August '16
I read it myself (an adult)
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
A fabulous read for children and adults alike aged approx 10plus.  
A novel for all those who have imagined the characters come to life as they read or hear a story.  For 16 year old Alice this is a reality.  The characters of her unfinished novel do come to life.  As with all stories not all her characters are nice and they all have their problems yet to be resolved by the young author.  
The hero of this novel is actually Alice's younger brother who, together with some of her characters, have to go about solving riddles and trying to end a generations old curse to save thrmselves, and find Alice, who is missing.  A mystery with adventure and lots of good stories of magic and mayhem unfold as you read this delightful book.
I intended reading this out loud to my 8yr old but it is a little too intense and scary for a younger child.  In the first few pages a young girl that is a murderer is described - to my mind not appropriate yet as I would have to explain the word murder first!  That being said the story concept aside from the killing / murder side if things may appeal to a child under 10 if read to them as some children may be faniliar with bloodthirsty villians.  
I read this before my 12 yr old daughter as she is currently engrossed in another book series and it left an opening for me to read it first.  I am glad I did, it is right up my street.  I love to be transported into a story, as if I were one of the children in it.  I certainly did feel part of this story.  I couldn't put it down!  
 
7th April '17
Lswise read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
This is a fabulous book, I got it for my birthday and I really enjoyed it! The story of Alice in wonderland has been told so many times that I wouldn't have bought this book as I know the original story too well but this is so different it's just based on the original. Highly recommended!
16th August '16
georgiedoc read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
I really enjoyed The other Alice by Michelle Harrison as it has such an air of thrilling mystery about it!
I also loved the idea of the story, it's such a modern twist on such a classic story. Sometimes it made me feel as though I was actually in the book and I had shivers up my spine when I first heard about Dorothy Grimes and the other viscous characters that were after Alice.
My favourite character was Gypsy because she goes out her way to help her friends when they are in need. I also like Piper as he is very mysterious and I like his personality.
I love the way the story fits together like a puzzle and altogether give this book five stars .
13th September '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to ninska aged 8 aged 8
The Other Alice 9781471124273
5 stars
Wow.  Incredibly good.  Brilliant.

I feel like I need to re-read it immediately to fully appreciate everything that is going on in this story.  It is a writer's book, full of the power and mystery of stories, laced with riddles and magic but without ever losing its way as a gripping thriller.  

Michelle Harrison is some talent.  Gotta get her other ones.
14th February '17
Lissylu read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Other Alice 9781471124273
2 stars
I struggled to get into the story and didn't actually finish the book, it was a little bit complicated and didn't keep me interested.
Show More (0)
ajax loader
Featured Book
Book pages The Good Thieves
The Good Thieves

Bestselling and award-winning author, Katherine Rundell, returns with a brilliant new story packed with adventure and excitement, recommended for ages 9+

View book
Featured Book
Book pages Cinders and Sparks: Magic at Midnight
Cinders and Sparks: Magic at Midnight

Perfect for readers of 7+, Cinders & Sparks is a fresh, funny and fabulous take on Cinderella, for everyone who loved Frozen and Shrek.

View book

About Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison is a full-time writer. She is a former bookseller and editorial assistant. Originally from Grays in Essex, she has a degree in illustration, and lives in Oxfordshire with her partner. Her debut novel THE THIRTEEN TREASURES won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2009. She has since published two sequels, THE THIRTEEN CURSES and THE T...

More about Michelle Harrison

Ratings

  • (6 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)
  • (1 Reviews)
  • (0 Reviews)