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The Emerald Wand of Oz Hardcover – June 14, 2005
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About the Author
Sherwood Smith began making books out of taped paper towels when she was five years old, and at eight began writing stories about another world full of magic and adventure -- and hasn't stopped yet. She has published more than two dozen books, ranging from space opera to children's fantasy. Her children's fantasies have shown up on many library Best Books lists. One, Wren's War, was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor Book. She has run writing workshops for nearly twenty years and has been active in organizing and participating in online workshops for more than ten. Her other young-adult books include Crown Duel, Wren to the Rescue, and Wren's Quest. Married more than twenty years (two kids, two dogs, and a house full of books), Ms. Smith is currently a part-time teacher as well as a writer. She lives in Southern California.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I loved the illustrations, especially the cover with its art deco style. And I loved the gekko guards! Laugh-out-loud funny. The traditional characters like Scraps and Bungle seemed genuine (and they've been old friends of mine all my life). Also loved the little aha moments that only Oz fans would get, for example when Dori looks around and realizes the flowers are all shades of red, and it begins to dawn on her where she is, or when she figures out what Rik is scared of and the reader realizes what he must be.
Only the fact that I know this is the first book of a series keeps me from being more annoyed at the dangling loose ends. I especially wanted to know if those creepy children with the unicorns were like that because of the wand, or if they were inherently creepy, or did it have something to do with the cloud? Knowing that would color my whole perception of Smith's version of Oz. Anyway, I'll look forward to the next book and see if my questions get answered.
Smith's heroines are Em and Dori, who live in Kansas and are reputedly related to the famous Dorothy Gale, who first visited Oz in _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_. When a tornado strikes their house, they're suddenly whisked away -- just like Dorothy -- to the land of Oz. Dori, who's loved Oz all her life, is thrilled, but the more practical Em can hardly believe it. Soon, they're pulled into a quest to save Princess Ozma and Glinda the Oz from a wicked enchantment that's been laid on them.
Smith succeeds in bringing a more modern sensibility to her characters and a genuine sense of threat to the plot without dimming the charm and wonder of Oz. Em and Dori have family problems - their parents are separated - and Smith treats these realistically, with sympathy for the girls and for the adults. The threat to Ozma and Glinda and their country is vivid (particularly when a mysterious, frightening cloud shows up repeatedly), yet the country itself is every bit as inventive as Baum's, with pretty but vain unicorns, poppycocks (little scarlet birds which turn into flowers), and all manner of other Ozzy details. Smith handles Baum's characters nicely, too, particularly the dizzy Patchwork Girl.
This is apparently the first in a series of four connected Oz novels Smith is writing. I'll happily read all of the others and am looking forward to them very much, particularly as _The Emerald Wand of Oz_ closes with some intriguing unanswered questions.
In Oz they find themselves in the middle of a group of beautiful unicorns who actually hold beauty contests and enjoy having themselves groomed. While this is all very interesting, the sisters become aware that they must make their way to the Emerald City and have princess Ozma send them back home. After they help a strange boy named Rik escape from the unicorns, he agrees to help get them to Ozma. Unknown to Em and Dori, Rik is a prince and is actually a gnome, which all goes into making this an even wilder adventure.
When the magic snow globe shows the sisters that the Emerald City seems to be under some kind of spell, they are even more cautious as they approach. And indeed, Bastinda --- a young witch descended directly from the evil Wicked Witch of the West --- has succeeded in putting Ozma and the Emerald City under her spell. She eventually wants all of Oz to be under her control and will stop at nothing. Those two little girls and the weird boy with them most definitely do not frighten her. She, however, does underestimate their cleverness as they learn about and eventually switch green wands on Bastinda. A couple of little girls from Kansas are just as clever as their Aunt Dorothy!
Em and Dori have happily encountered some of the more famous of the Oz folk, such as Scraps, The Scrapwork Girl, the Scarecrow and the beautiful (but conceited) Glass Cat. Together they will help bring about the downfall of Bastinda and restore Princess Ozma as leader of the Emerald City. There is a lot to be accomplished if they want Ozma to help them back home! And once they return home, will their parents get back together?
Sherwood Smith has done a fine job reviving some of the older beloved characters and updating the Oz stories. The beautiful cover of the book carries The L. Frank Baum Family Trust official seal. The famous Oz illustrator and "historian," John R. Neill, is the direct inspiration for the outstanding illustrations by artist William Stout. New readers are sure to be enchanted by this entire package. And for those familiar with the other books, a fresh adventure awaits.
--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts
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