This time, let's talk about The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (2004).
Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story - and he's searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination. (taken from goodreads.com)
Beddor's series remains to this day my favorite Alice in Wonderland retelling. I remember devouring this novel as soon as I found it in my middle school library, and I still plan to re-read it someday. Best character? The mad hatter, aka Hatter Madigan. You've never seen such a bad-ass character interpretation.
I highly recommend giving Beddor's novels a shot. Even though I read the books more than six years ago, I'll never forget how much I enjoyed them.