Big trouble is brewing in Oz! Sinister clouds boil ominously over the Emerald City, Dorothy has gone missing, and there are rumblings of rebellion in the Nome Kingdom. So a desperate plea for help goes out from Princess Ozma to two resourceful sisters from Kansas through the magic snow globe that helped bring them to Oz once before.
But the girls face troubles of their own at home, and only one of them can answer Ozma's call. It's up to Dori to prevent a war deep in the caverns of the Nomes, while Em tries to do the same between their parents. It's hard to say who has the tougher job.
Written by acclaimed fantasy author Sherwood Smith and adorned with marvelous full-page black-and-white illustrations by William Stout, Trouble Under Oz is the second adventure featuring Dori and Em, two modern-day descendants of Dorothy Gale. The girls find themselves drawn even deeper into the affairs of the magical land they first visited in The Emerald Wand of Oz.
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Sherwood Smith began making books out of taped paper towels when she was five years old, and at eight began writing stories about another world full of magic and adventure -- and hasn't stopped yet. She has published more than two dozen books, ranging from space opera to children's fantasy. Her children's fantasies have shown up on many library Best Books lists. One, Wren's War, was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor Book. She has run writing workshops for nearly twenty years and has been active in organizing and participating in online workshops for more than ten. Her other young-adult books include Crown Duel, Wren to the Rescue, and Wren's Quest. Married more than twenty years (two kids, two dogs, and a house full of books), Ms. Smith is currently a part-time teacher as well as a writer. She lives in Southern California.
William Stout is a collector of books on late nineteenth-century artists as well as turn-of-the- century children's books, and owns a complete collection of all of the original Oz color-plate books, including a first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Years ago he spent nine months designing an entire Wizard of Oz theme park for Kansas, which he says was one of his all-time favorite jobs. Mr. Stout has worked as an art director for rock magazines and has illustrated record album covers, Sunday and daily newspaper comic strips, and Eisner Award–winning graphic novels. He's been involved in production design in film and ultimately worked on the advertising for more than one hundred twenty films. Mr. Stout also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as a conceptualist, designer, producer, and planner for EuroDisneyland, Disneyland, TokyoDisneyland, and Walt Disney World. He currently resides in Pasadena, California, with his wife and two sons.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6–Having defeated the new Wicked Witch of the West in The Emerald Wand of Oz (HarperCollins, 2005), Dorothy Gale's modern-day descendants are back for an entirely new adventure. This time, only Dori is free to return to Oz, while her sister Em must stay in our world to handle the girls' divorced parents. Once back, Ozma asks Dori to accompany Prince Inga to the world of the Nomes. It seems that Rik, the displaced Nome Prince, is hoping to usurp the Nomish throne. Together, Dori and Inga must aid Rik and try to avoid war both within the Nome community and with their underground neighbors as well. Along the way, they befriend invisible children and mermaids, defeat an Iron Giant, and face vicious monsters. As with the first book, Smith introduces favorite characters from the original series alongside new friends. The book's tone and content are faithful to L. Frank Baum's vision. Stout's pen-and-ink illustrations reference Art Deco artists and brilliantly evoke one of the original Oz illustrators, John R. Neill. As for the story itself, Oz purists will find great comfort in Smith's attention to detail and faithful incorporation of already existing lore. Newcomers will discover an engaging new series and may even be convinced to give Baum's stories a try.–Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060296097
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. William Stout (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060296097