The Marvelous Land of Oz

- L. Frank Baum
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Published in 1904, _The Marvelous Land of Oz_ is the second book in Baum’s Oz series and follows the adventures of Tip, a young boy who travels the mystical Oz after running away from the terrifying witch Mombi. Furthermore, the novel reunites readers with familiar characters including the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Glinda the Good Witch, while also introducing bright new characters who deem to be just as memorable. Unlimited action, intense magic, captivating characters, and an unexpected twist, the adventure novel has remained a classic for generations, and has only strengthened the series appeal with its fresh intake on the familiar set. The novel begins with the introduction of young protagonist Tip, who after a failed effort to frighten the wicked witch Mombi is threatened to be turned into a marble statue as retribution. Feeling he has no other choice, Tip decides to run away from Gillikin Country and from the person to whom he has been both ward and servant as long as he can remember. Consequently, Tip sets out to Emerald City accompanied by his trusted companions Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse, who were both brought to life with the help of a magical powder obtained by Mombi from a sorcerer. However, as the group gets separated, Tip is caught up in a revolt organized by an all-girl army led by General Jinjur who plans to overthrow the current ruler of the Emerald City. After one event leading to another, the protagonist and his companions, who now also include the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, find themselves in a mission to overtake Emerald City. With the help of Glinda the Good Witch, the group must defeat the evil Mombi while also attempt to quash the rebellion and restore rule to its rightful heir. Baum cleverly weaves adventure, wit, endearing characters and suspense into one extraordinary piece, as he effectively depicts a broader view of the magical land and adds a bit of history, hence creating an original plot separate from its renowned prequel. Fortified by new literary elements, _The Marvelous Land of Oz_ is the chance to rediscover Oz and reaffirm the author’s imaginative capabilities, as the novel is not to be taken simply at face value but admired for its hidden worth.

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