Disney Books has come out with yet another Twisted Tale and we just can’t get enough of this series! With fairy tale twists and turns on stories, we know by heart there is so much to wrap your head around in these new tales. The newest Twisted Tale is a take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, crafted by Liz Braswell. With Alice all wrapped up in her own life, will she be able to read the signs that Wonderland is in trouble and needs her help? Here’s everything you can look forward to in this new story.
A Disney Twisted Tale Alice in Wonderland
2020 marked the 155th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Amazing that this is still a story relevant today! Because let’s face it everything keeps getting curiouser and curiouser and who better to help show us the way than Alice? We were gifted this book by the Disney Book Group.
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell Synopsis
In this Disney Twisted Tale Alice in Wonderland is tasked with saving Wonderland. This story asks the question What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was the only one who could save it…but was running late. In this new tale, Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She’d rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian’s lively salon, ignoring her sister’s wishes that she stop all that “nonsense” and become a “respectable” member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao’s teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She’s also interested in learning more about the young lawyer she met there, but just because she’s curious, of course, not because he was sweet and charming.
But when Alice develops photographs she has recently taken about town, familiar faces of old suddenly appear in the place of her actual subjects—the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar. There’s something eerily off about them, even for Wonderland creatures. And as Alice develops a self-portrait, she finds the most disturbing image of all—a badly-injured dark-haired girl asking for Alice’s help. Mary Ann.
Returning to the place of nonsense from her childhood, Alice finds herself on a mission to stop the Queen of Hearts’ tyrannical rule and to find her place in both worlds. But will she able to do so . . . before the End of Time? Will the White Rabbit be able to help? Or the Queen of Clubs?
So many twists in this new story. But thankfully with characters you mostly already know! What we loved about Unbirthday is that Alice really is just a regular girl, settled back into her own life, content with her photography and a guy she likes. It’s of course her curiosity and compassion that brings her back to Wonderland. And she takes on a whole new role to help save this land she remembers from her childhood. We love some of the messages in this book. For sometimes when we think all is lost, there is always another way. If only you believe.
Just like all the Twisted Tales these Disney Books for tweens and teens usually involve a mystery, a problem to solve, and a strong female and male characters that are a great example of how to be human. Unbirthday is no exception. You will find lessons in friendship, communication, sticking up for what’s important and helping others in this book. A very interesting read perfect for anyone who loves Alice and a little adventure.
All About Author Liz Braswell
Liz Braswell spent her childhood reading fairy tales, dreaming, and going on adventures in the woods with her cat. If you love this story Liz has written other Twisted Tales, including A Whole New World, Once Upon a Dream, As Old as Time, and Part of Your World. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish, and five coffee trees—one of which has already produced a rather tolerable espresso.
Disney Twisted Tale Books in Order
If you’re anything like us, when you find a series you like, you want to read them all! As such we’ve rounded up the Disney twisted tales series list. If you’re looking for the Disney Twisted Tales in Order, then look no further. Check out the whole series of fairy tales, featuring the characters you know and love in all sorts of new stories!
- Book 1: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
- Book 2: Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
- Book 3: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
- Book 4: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
- Book 5: Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
- Book 6: Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita
- Book 7:Conceal, Don’t Feel by Jen Calonita
- Book 8: Straight on till Morning by Liz Braswell
- Book 9: So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim
- Book 10: Unbirthday by Liz Braswell
- Book 11: Go the Distance by Jen Calonita
- Book 12: What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell
- Book 13: Almost There by Farrah Rochon
- Book 14: When You Wish Upon a Star by Elizabeth Lim
- Book 15: Set in Stone by Mari Mancusi
- Book 16: Suddenly Super by Jen Calonita
- Book 17: Fate Be Changed by Farrah Rochon
Disney Twisted Tale Book Reviews
There you have it! What did you think of this Peter Pan Disney Twisted Tale? Want to see our other Disney Twisted Tale Book Reviews? Check out the reviews we’ve done so far! If you’re building your Disney Twisted Tale Series collection, then chances are you’re finding your favorite authors among the group. Let us know your favorites.
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- Straight on Till Morning Twisted Tale Book Review
- Conceal Don’t Feel Frozen Disney Twisted Tale Book Review
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.