Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Emerald Wand of Oz

Em and Dori (descendants of Dorothy Gale--yes, The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy) embark on a magical adventure to their great-aunt's world of Oz. Dori has always loved the "Oz" books, but her younger sister Em thinks that they're childish. So she doesn't believe that the snow globe left behind for them by Dorothy really is magical. But that's before the two sisters are swept off to Oz in a tornado--where unicorns have beauty pageants, flying monkeys guard a castle, and magic is a part of everyday life. Em and Dori both have to face a terrifying conclusion- they are definitely not in Kansas anymore. And it doesn't quite feel like the Oz in Dori's books, either. Dark storm clouds constantly fill the sky, Dorothy is lost (for good?), and the new Wicked Witch of the West, Bastinda, has cast a curse over cheerful Princess Ozma and her palace. Can the brave sisters find Bastinda's emerald wand and reverse the curse? And can they make Oz a happy place once again? Sherwood Smith has created a magical and intriuging novel that fans of L. Frank Baum-- and new readers, too--will enjoy.

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