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Dorothy Must Die

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Dorothy Must Die

Amy, or “Salvation Army” as most kids from her school call her, is used to being excluded. Ever since Madison Pendleton told everyone not to go to her birthday party years ago, she has been an outcast. All Amy wants is to get away from it all: from her mother, who is in constant need of Amy’s care but never offers any comfort in return; from Madison, who is more of a bully than ever; and most of all, from her little trailer home sitting in Kansas. What Amy doesn’t count on is that she just may get her wish.  
 
When a tornado picks up Amy’s trailer home and deposits her in Oz, she knows what to expect. Dancing munchkins, yellow brick road, flying monkeys, and of course, Dorothy. But soon Amy learns just how wrong she is. In this Oz, munchkins and flying monkeys are slaves, the yellow brick road is the place to display traitors and Dorothy, the leader of Oz, is far more wicked than Madison Pendleton. Amy must stay under the radar if she wants to stay out of harm’s way. That soon proves impossible, as Dorothy has eyes and ears everywhere in Oz. With the help of some “Wicked” witches, Amy manages to find safety, but only temporarily. These witches have an agenda, and one that Amy herself must carry out: Dorothy must die.
 
Full of mystery, this novel is exciting and unpredictable---a must read.
 
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige is full of danger, mystery and adventure. This novel begins in Amy’s hometown: Dusty Acres, Kansas. It’s like any small town you could imagine, and all Amy wants to do is get out. Amy herself is tough-as-nails, with wit to match. All of this serves her well when she is picked up by a tornado and put back down in Oz.
 
Oz itself is much darker than the Oz Amy envisioned, and the characters inhabiting it are gruesome as well. While some people may not like the graphic content used to display just how corrupted Oz’s characters have become, this aspect will appeal to many older readers. It also adds a threat of danger as Amy struggles through this new world, trying to decide who is trustworthy and who is not. But her problems only grow as she comes to realize she cannot trust anyone in Oz --- even those who are helping her. 
 
DOROTHY MUST DIE has a dangerous element that will draw in older readers as well as a great heroine who the reader will root for throughout the story. Danielle Paige weaves an intriguing story that will have readers both yearning to know what happens next, and slightly dreading it as well. Full of mystery, this novel is exciting and unpredictable. One thing is for certain though: DORTHOY MUST DIE is a must-read novel. 

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on April 8, 2014

Dorothy Must Die
(Dorothy Must Die #1)
by Danielle Paige

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062280678
  • ISBN-13: 9780062280671