Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Whisked to Oz by a Kansas twister, Amy Gumm discovers that the magical land has been destroyed by Dorothy’s tyrannical rule, a situation that compels Amy to join an order of deposed magic-wielders who seek to put an end to Dorothy’s reign.

From Booklist – Amy Gumm thought life was tough in the trailer park with her druggie, depressed mother and the mean girls in school. But that was before-before she was carried to Oz by a tornado, before she was rescued by a series of strange individuals, and before she was instructed, Dorothy must die. Sweet Dorothy returned to Oz only to rule it with an evil, greedy hand, gradually stealing all its magic for herself. Amy, also from Kansas and arriving on a tornado, has to reverse the earthling’s power by killing her. Paige has spirited readers back to The Wizard of Oz, fracturing the already strange classic by having good and wicked witches exchange places, amputating the flying monkeys’ wings, and creating a fear-eating lion, a nefarious Dr. Jekyll scarecrow, and a vicious tin soldier. Amy’s assignment? Navigate through magical defenses, while struggling with her own values of good and evil, to get to Dorothy.

This is a great read for those who are fans of the Wizard of Oz!

What Light by Jay Asher

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Story Summary: Dividing her life between her family’s Oregon Christmas tree farm and the California tree lot where they spend the holiday seasons, Sierra falls for a boy who lives under the shadow of a terrible mistake, a relationship that is met with disapproval and suspicion.

 

Asher’s latest is a surprising change of direction from the best-selling Thirteen Reasons Why (2007): a frothy, peppermint-in-hot-cocoa romance. Ever since she was little, Sierra’s lived a dual life, split between her family’s Christmas tree farm in Oregon and the California town where they run a tree lot for one month out of the year. But with tree sales not what they used to be, this winter may be her last in California. Enter Caleb, the social pariah better known for a sole act of aggression years ago than his current gig providing Christmas trees to needy families. Sierra’s friends and family try to steer her away from Caleb, but all she sees is who he is today. Can she convince him he’s forgiven? Though the plot is solidly in the Hallmark vein, Asher gives it the gentle romance treatment many younger teens crave. Sierra’s story provides an interesting window into alternative schooling and living arrangements facing some teens whose families work in agriculture. Certain to please readers seeking an escapist, feel-good holiday read. – Booklist review