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Parents' Guide to

Dorothy Must Die, Book 1

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark, violent reimagining of Oz makes Dorothy evil dictator.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+
there is a little bit of swearing and violence but not much! i think it's 11+!!!
age 15+

If you like fantasy books, look no further! This is the book for you!

This is an amazing book with a twisted tale! I really enjoyed this book! It's definitely a favorite of mine. I love how Dorothy is the antagonist! Amy Gumm is amazing. She's the pink haired protagonist in this truly captivating story! She doesn't give up so easily! I love how this Oz is dark and much different than the one we know! This story takes Oz to a different level! I personally love fantasy books with a twist! This made me "oh-so-very-happy"... I think this book is sadly underrated. It's a good read. I recommend it! This is not for children! It has a lot of swearing. I would say it's 15+!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (17 ):

DOROTHY MUST DIE is an extremely imaginative take on the classic children's story The Wizard of Oz. Once Amy steps into Oz, readers immediately see the Oz they know from the original book series and 1939 movie, then a new darker, twisted version emerges. There are monsters, swearing munchkins, an evil Dorothy, wizards and witches, talking animals, and more.

It's a fast-paced, exciting tale. However, the long section where Amy trains with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked drags a bit, leaving readers yearning for Amy to get back into the Emerald City. The novel ends on a huge cliffhanger, whetting readers' appetite for seeing Amy complete her mission: to take down Dorothy and her henchman.

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