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Dorothy Must Die Novella

The Queen of Oz

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Good is Wicked and Wicked is Good in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series!

This digital original novella is the ninth and final installment in the series’ prequel arc. It reveals the mysterious backstory of Ozma—and how she went from fairy princess to the rightful ruler of Oz.

Young Mombi was never the best witch in Oz. She wasn’t the most talented, or the most powerful. But when the Wizard knocks on her door holding a baby girl who needs protection, Mombi agrees to take the job. She casts one powerful, surprising spell—hiding the baby where no one would find her. Years later, a boy named Pete goes on a journey to the Emerald City, where he learns the truth about his true identity…and his role in Oz’s destiny.

Danielle Paige delivers a dark and compelling reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire, and follows some of literature’s most beloved characters as their lives intertwine to bring about the downfall of Oz.

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Critical Praise

Praise for the DOROTHY MUST DIE series: “Readers of Baum’s books will take special delight in seeing new twists on the old characters, and they will greet the surprise climactic turnabout with the smugness of insiders.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Dorothy Must Die is kind of the ultimate in girl-powered literature. Here, women and girls are allowed to be anything.” —Nerdist.com

“Gone are the days of rainbows, Lollipop Guilds and pretty much anything to sing about in a major key. For those willing to go on a quest with a heroine more attuned to our times than the Dust Bowl era, there’s no place like it.” —USA Today

“Paige doesn’t hold back in this fast-paced action novel. Give this cinematic upper-YA novel to fans of A. G. Howard’s Splintered, Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars, and TV shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.” —School Library Journal

“Paige delivers a solid, intense, and strange narrative that draws deeply on its source material.” —Publishers Weekly

“L. Frank Baum would be proud because Danielle Paige really makes Oz - even a modern, dystopian version of it - her own in the enjoyable sequel to Dorothy Must Die.” —USA Today

“Paige is creating a rather brilliantly twisted version of the familiar world of Oz.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Paige has embellished upon the original Wizard of Oz story to create a completely new, even more bizarre Oz and cast of characters. Her world building is fascinating.” —ALA Booklist

“One wonder-filled volume. Paige continues to weave an intricate spell that will delight series fans.” —School Library Journal

“For anyone who likes a good story turned on its head, Dorothy Must Die is a must-read.” —Huffington Post

“The Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen it.” —Teen Vogue

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062423825
  • ISBN 10: 0062423827
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 03/14/2017
  • Pages: 95
  • List Price: 2.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General

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