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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
On her way back from Australia, Dorothy Gale visits her cousin Zebediah in California. An earthquake hits and the ground opens and swallows the girl and boy, Dorothy's white cat Eureka, and Jim the horse, along with the buggy Zeb was driving. Soon after, the animals are talking, and who should show up but the Wizard of Oz himself, back in his balloon and recently employed by the Bailum and Barney's circus. They all find themselves in the Land of the Mang...
Glinda of Oz
Ozma and Dorothy discover that war has been declared between the Flatheads and the Skeezers in a remote corner of the Gillikan Country. The two princesses go to investigate, but become imprisoned in the domed island city of the Skeezers by Queen Coo-ee-oh, who in turn is transformed by her enemy King Su-Dic of the Flatheads into a vain and silly swan. The domed city of the Skeezers sinks below the surface of its lake, and there the heroines are trapped u...
Ozma of Oz
In Baum's third Oz book (1907), Dorothy is traveling with her Uncle Henry by sea to visit relatives in Australia when she is swept overboard in a storm. She survives by climbing into a chicken coop that is also washed into the sea. When the strange craft makes landfall, the hen inside can talk, so Dorothy knows she's in a magic land and names her companion Billina. They are in Ev, to the east of the great desert that surrounds Oz. The king sold his wife ...
Rinkitink in Oz
The island of Pingaree, in the Nonestic Ocean, is ruled by King Kitticut. While King Rinkitink, a merry fat man who rides a grumpy talking goat named Bilbil, is visiting from his kingdom on the mainland, the armies of the twin islands of Regos and Coregos invade, lay Pingaree to waste, and enslave everyone. Only Kitticut's son, Prince Inga, and Rinkitink and the goat, are left on the destroyed island kingdom. But Inga has his father's magic pearls -- the...

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The Emerald City of Oz
In the continuation of the Oz series, Dorothy Gale finally brings Aunt Em and Uncle Henry to the Emerald City. The family was in trouble in Kansas, so Dorothy asks Ozma to let her live in Oz. Just as her family is having hard times in Kansas, so is the Emerald City. The evil and angry Nome King is plotting to conquer Oz, enslave its people, and take over the Emerald City....
The Lost Princess of Oz
Princess Ozma has disappeared! Not only that, her Magic Picture is gone, Glinda's Great Book of Records and chemical compounds have vanished, and someone also stole the Wizard's black bag of magic instruments. All the luminaries of Oz -- from Dorothy and the Wizard to the Woozy, Toto, and the Cowardly Lion -- join the search for their beloved monarch. Unbeknownst to them, two residents of the high, broad tableland of the Yips (in the southwest corner of ...
The Magic of Oz
Ruggedo the (ex-) Nome King is at it again: He wants to incite the wild animals of Oz to rise up and overthrow Ozma and the other humans. This time he has a powerful if not terribly bright ally: Kiki Aru, the good-for-nothing son of a retired sorceror who possesses his father's most powerful weapon--the magic word "Pyrzqxgl," which when correctly pronounced enables the speaker to turn anything into anything else. During an encounter in the Gugu Forest, K...
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Not long after the events in _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_, a young boy named Tip is the unhappy servant Old Mombi, a wicked Sorceress in the Land of the Gillikans (in the north of Oz). One day Tip escapes, after creating a walking stick figure with a jack-o-lantern head named Jack Pumpkinhead with a magic Powder of Life stolen from the witch. He goes to the Emerald City, now ruled by the Scarecrow, but unfortunately a female Army of Revolt, 400 strong an...
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Ojo and his Unc Nunkie, residents of an isolated part of Munchkinland, are poor and nearly out of food, so they decide to leave their home. Their first stop is the house of Dr. Pipt, the Crooked Magician, who is making more of the Powder of Life that brought Jack Pumpkinhead, the Sawhorse, and the Gump to life in The Marvelous Land of Oz. His wife only wants it to bring a patchwork girl to life to be her servant, but in the sudden transformation, the gir...
The Road to Oz
The Shaggy Man, a pleasant and philosophical hobo person, happens by Dorothy's farm in Kansas, and after a friendly conversation she and Toto find they are lost. So they go wandering with their new acquaintance and encounter various old friends, make new ones (notably Button-Bright, the little boy in the sailor suit, and Polychrome, the lovely Rainbow's Daughter) and experience new curiosities on their way back to Oz in time for Ozma's birthday party. (T...

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The Scarecrow of Oz
Trot, a girl from California, and her friend Cap'n Bill, a retired seaman with a wooden left leg, are out boating when they are sucked down a whirlpool and carried up to a beach (probably by mermaids) inside a cavern. Soon an Ork turns up, which is a funny bird with a parrot head, chopping bowl wings, four legs, and a propellor tail. After much crawling through caves and some flying, the three come out on an island, manage to shrink and re-grow themselve...
The Tin Woodman of Oz
Woot the Wanderer, a young boy from the Gillikin Country, has been traveling Oz for nearly a year when he arrives at the castle of the Emperor of the Winkies, the Tin Woodman. Over dinner, he asks the tin monarch how he came to be, and hears the story of Nick Chopper's love for Nimmie Amee, the servant of the Wicked Witch of the East, when he was still a flesh and blood woodchopper. Afraid the two will marry, the witch enchants Nick's axe to cut off ...
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Dorothy goes on a wild adventure and meets some interesting new friends. Her adventure begins when she accidently kills a wicked witch and the mutchkins celebrate her death and praise Dorothy. All Dorothy wants is to go home. Her new friends tell her she must follow the yellow brick road and it will lead her home. Along the way, she meets a scarecrow,a tin woodsman, and a cowardly lion, and they all join her in her journey. They all encounter vario...
Tik-Tok of Oz
Betsy Bobbin, a girl from Oklahoma, is shipwrecked with Hank the Mule in the Rose Kingdom. There she encounters the Shaggy Man, who has just learned his brother has been lost for 10 years and is probably a prisoner of the Nome King, as well as the Rose Princess who is cast out by her subjects. Meanwhile, Queen Ann of Oogaboo (the tiniest kingdom in Oz, at the northern tip of the Land of the Winkies) has decided to conquer the world, and goes on the march...


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