Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teen review: The Modern Oz

Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige
452 pages
Young Adult Fantasy
First book of a series

Reviewed by George Sakellariou, grade 8

In this young adult book, Amy Gumm is just a regular Kansas high school girl who gets bullied for her financial situation. However, one day a cyclone takes her trailer up into the sky to the Marvelous Land of Oz. However, this Oz is not so marvelous. The yellow brick road is losing its magic, the Emerald City is expanding, and the famous Tin Woodsman, Lion, and Scarecrow have all been magically altered into cruel beings. And this is all the fault of the oppressive ruler, Dorothy. After being rescued from Dorothy’s clutches, Amy joins the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, devoted to one job: killing Dorothy. And the worst part is, the Order believes Amy is the only one who can complete the job. This book is the first of a series that mixes in many characters from the original Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. (He actually wrote 13 books about Oz, the last being published posthumously.)

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars for its interesting characters and awesome magical powers! The cover was fascinating. It gives off a dark feeling as you glance at it, due to the way the red writing looks as if it is not red ink, but the blood of Dorothy! Plus, they got the fact right that DOROTHY HAD SILVER SHOES, NOT RUBY SLIPPERS!!! Also, being a fan of the original wizard of Oz series, the mix of characters in the other books was perfect! The author had most likely already read the series in order to produce such a lovely companion. If you like messed-up popular American stories, this is the book for you!

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library also offers this as an audio book and in e-book format.

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