It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.
Did you know that the Wizard of Oz movie was based on this book? Frank Baum wrote and published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. The Library of Congress describes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy-tale,” (https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/) This book would lead to numerous sequels beginning with The Marvelous Land of Oz. You can check out this classic and the other books in the Oz series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BAUM.
Today I recommend: A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell.
In a post-apocalyptic Great Britain, after her mother’s death Serendipity, about twelve, leaves Lahn Dan and teams up with an orphan, Tab, hoping to find horses surviving somewhere.
Although the start is rather slow, it is easy to become attached to determined Serendipity and her scrappy friend Tab as they journey to try and find horses. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian books. This is a nice option for the younger crowd who are not ready for YA dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games but who still enjoy the danger and adventure of those books. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BETHELL.
Today I recommend: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix.
Princess Anya has a big problem: Duke Rikard, her step-stepfather is an evil wizard who wants to rule the kingdom and has a habit of changing people into frogs, and her older sister Morven, the heir, is a wimp–so with the help of the librarian Gotfried (who turns into an owl when he is upset), and the Royal Dogs, she must find away to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and maybe even turn Prince Denholm back into a human being.
This fantasy book has everything you could want: humor in the shape of hilarious talking dogs, the classic fantasy elements in the magic lip balm, newts, otters, a Good Wizard, and a strong main character! It also subverts a lot of fantasy tropes, there is no romance plot for our brave main character, Princess Anya. The book also has some interesting discussions about privilege and how laws should apply equally to everyone. This book is pretty hefty at 372 pages but if you love fantasy this is a book for you! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NIX.