Paige, Danielle Dorothy Must Die, 452 pgs. Harper, 2014. $17.99. Language: PG-13 (55 swears; 3 ‘F’); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
Amy lives a miserable life in Kansas. That all changes the day the tornado hits and she is carried away in her trailer to the land of OZ. Just like Dorothy before her, Amy finds herself in the land of munchkins, witches, and magic. Everyone knows the story of Dorothy and her trip down the yellow brick road, but Amy never thought it was more than a children’s tale. It turns out that the story and Dorothy are real. What Amy did not know was that after returning to Kansas, Dorothy decided she would be happier in OZ. She returned to take over the city and now rules with an iron fist. Those who oppose Dorothy see Amy as their answer and give her one task; kill Dorothy.
This is an original story that provides a quick-paced plot and interesting characters. The modern setting will allow young readers to connect to Amy while enjoying the familiarity of an old story. Magic, romance, and adventure all play into a tale that has a strong female character at the helm with many interesting and well-formed supporting players. This is the first in a series, which will hopefully continue the unique plot and well-crafted writing.
MS, HS—ESSENTIAL AEB