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What girl has seven arms, seven hands, and an unlimited capacity for kindness? She's Handy Mandy, the latest heroine to venture into the Land of Oz.
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After a ride on a flying rock sends Mandy to the Land of Oz, she meets Nox, a talking Ox, in his quest to find King Kerry, the long-lost boy ruler of Keretaria. Mandy and Nox's adventures take them through several dangerous corners of Oz where they outwit the whirling Topsies of Turn Town and escape the imprisoning rings of the hook-nosed Highlanders. But when Mandy and Nox discover King Kerry is being held prisoner by an evil wizard intent on conquering the Emerald City of Oz, Many has to save him.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael Jung

One day Mandy, a seven-armed goat girl who lives on Mt. Mern, is blown by an exploding spring across the deadly desert to Oz. She lands in the kingdom of Keretaria, part of the Munchkin Country, and meets Nox, the Royal Ox of Keretaria. The rightful king, young Kerry, was deposed under mysterious circumstances years before, and Nox and Mandy head north to the Gillikan Country to find him. After various odd adventures, they meet Wutz, the King of the Silver Mountain, a wizard who plans to conquer Oz by stealing Glinda's magic book, Ozma's magic picture, and other magical tools. This is a late (1937) Oz book by Thompson, after she had published some dozen post-Baum Oz books.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a CUTESY fantasy world Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   super strength


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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