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The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz #11)

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A search is underway for Princess Ozma and all the magic of the Land of Oz which have been stolen by a thief of very great power.
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Published (first published 1917)
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Joni
Although this book was 100% Oz, it felt different to me than previous ones. It once again had a sound plot, and there weren't any bizarre character introduced unnecessarily. All of the scenes in the book contributed to the movement of the story. Maybe Baum is just finally growing up into his writing... I'll take it. :)

Two notes about this book.
First: We finally see Toto talk!! The story goes that he gained the ability to talk as soon as he entered Oz in book one, but he's just too wise to waste
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Lee Födi
Ah, this is one of the most tantalizing installments in the Oz series. Not only does it feature perhaps the best title of all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, it has one of the biggest casts of characters at work.

When Ozma disappears, all her friends go and search for her—as a result, we get to read about many of our old favorites from the Land of Oz, including Dorothy, the Patchwork Girl, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Scarecrow, et al. The other aspect of this book that separates it fro
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Julia Brumfield
This was definitely not one of the finer Oz stories altogether for if you rearranged some of the characters and twinge the plot just a bit you would get one of the previous stories with some elements thrown into it. And of course there were some new characters but they were of the trivial and petty sort that makes you cringed with their lack of personality.

The book tended to include some more fairylands that Oz is well-known for creating and inhabiting the world of Oz with. It would have been
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Christine Blachford
I had read a brief summary of this book before I started so wasn't surprised when the lovely Ozma of Oz disappeared. The remaining residents are left to find her, track down who kidnapped her and locate her missing magic trinkets too. That's right, the Magic Mirror (and Glinda's Magic Book) that irk me sometimes with how easily they solve story problems, they've been taken as well.

I thought this was a great premise, and I loved how the disappearnce of the ruler of Oz also tied in with the disapp
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Benjamin Thomas
This is my favorite of the Oz books so far and since I am now near the end of the original Oz series written by Baum, it might well become the best of the lot. While the first book was ingenious for its time, the story in this one was more complete and satisfying. For those that haven't read these books, generally, each book introduces a new character or two and the story is pretty much about their adventures somewhere in the land of Oz, often with them making their way to Emerald City and meeti ...more
Shoshana
When I was a kid this was my absolute top favorite of all the Oz books.

Don't ask me why.

I mean, it's great, as are most of them, but not really any greater than the rest.

Although one thing I do like is the way he takes away all their usual crutches - Glinda's Magic Book and magic tools, Ozma and her Magic Picture, the Wizard's magic - and makes them finish a quest without the help of...

oh, wait. I mean, that was great until Dorothy pulled out the magic belt and was like, booyah, I know you thoug
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Nicolas
I'm surprised how good these books have gotten. I enjoyed the first 8, some more than others, because they were quick, fun reads. However, beginning with book 9 (The Scarecrow of Oz) they started getting more detailed and layered. While book 10 (Rinkitink in Oz) is still my favorite this is a very close second.
This story begins with the kidnapping of Ozma. The gang soon discovers that the Wizard & Glinda's magical tools have been stolen too. Dorothy and a big band of characters from past st
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Carlie
Another good old Oz book. I have slowly been reading these books since I was little, due to the fact my library didn't own the full set. I really liked this one because it explored the possibility that Ozma is not really the all and powerful fairy we thought she was.
The people they met and the adventures they encountered were fun, but I felt the story line might have been forced. There was no twist at the end, it ended up being just what you expected, but the character's you meet along the way
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Olsey
Lost Classic?

"...day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing -- are likely to lead to the betterment of the word." - L. Frank Baum

The awesomely vivid imagination of L. Frank Baum gave life to thirteen (yes, thirteen) sequels of the popular children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Somewhat bizarrely, I've jumped in at number eleven in the series, The Lost Princess of Oz (1917) and now I must rant and rave (more raving, less ranting) about said exp
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Aubrey Clark
This book is rather long, but I liked it. It has many characters and a good plot. Since his book is so long I can not tell you the whole summary of the book or this review whould be half a page long! There for I shall tell you who my favorite character is and why and also I will tell you my favorite scene and I will elborate.

First I will tell you my favorite character in the following:
My favorite caharacter is Button-Up-Bright, the munchkin. The reason I love him is because he is clueless and al
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. This review covers all 14 of the Baum Oz books, which is why it's found on all 14 book pages here.)

I think it's fairly safe by now to assume that nearly everyone in Western society is familiar with The Wizard of Oz, most of us because of the classic 1939 movie adaptation; and many realize as well tha
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Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
This addition to the Oz series attempted to bring some drama to the lives of existing Oz characters by stripping away the magic powers of Oz residents, particularly Glinda and the Wizard, but especially Ozma. I liked the initial mystery aspect of this book, and enjoyed the way the two plots converged (there were two main groups at work here, these being Dorothy and here friends, as well as a giant frog and a cookie maker from a far-flung corner of Oz). However, each of these groups brought power ...more
Rebecca Timberlake
This book had some obvious flaws like with the rest (again we see Baum changing little details from previous books to now), but overall, this was an interesting read. My favorite part was getting more from Toto. I've been waiting for him to step up, especially after we found out he can speak if he wants to, and we finally get it in this book.

It does seem to just... end, which I didn't care for. In the previous installments, Baum would spend too much time wrapping the plot up, and here I don't t
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Rrain
I had high hopes for this one because the gang was back together again, and Oz for me should be about Oz which this one was. Unfortunately, the plot was strictly point A to point B with no genuine sense of peril for anyone at any point, and there was always that vague discomfort over the dehumanizing assertion that Ozma had been taken as a 'magical thing' along with other magical Oz items, when in fact she was assaulted and kidnapped.
Diana
I found a list that recommended this as a great fantasy read and the list was correct. L. Frank Baum has an amazing imagination. And it is clear that he wrote for little girls because girls were the rulers and the heroines. And lots of toys came to life. And inanimate objects like a Sawhorse were also animate characters.

It does have a dated feel but the illustrations compensate for the age of the book.
Michael Tildsley
This book of Oz lore was a little different than the previous installments. Baum weaves a bit of a darker tale this time, placing Ozma and all of the magic of Oz out of the range of the main characters. I feel like he does some interesting things here, but I also wish that the enemy had been a little more competent when it came to the final conflict. I know it's a children's book, but it feels like Baum let Dorothy and friends off a little easy. That's the other thing. Why did everyone in the Em ...more
Danns
Hands down this has been my favorite Oz book so far. The adventuring, the party, the obstacles, all top notch.

Ozma has been kidnapped! The Wizard's tools are missing! Glinda's power has waned as her magical components have been frisked along with the Great Book and the Magic Picture. Toto's growl is gone and across the land Cayke the Cookie Cook has her jeweled cookie pan stolen! What is going on? Who is the culprit? Avery and I spent a goodly amount of time postulating who we knew is Oz that c
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Theresa
I hope L. Frank Baum kept a notebook somewhere to keep track of all of these characters he dreams up.

In this story everything magical in Oz is stolen by an evil shoemaker who has magical ancestry. Button-Bright gets a bigger vocabulary which is nice. They find two more lands that we never knew of before this story. One involves stuffed bears.

The way they find Princess Ozma is pretty creative. Just shows that L. Frank Baum still had some tricks up his sleeve.
Megarose
I wanted to like the idea of Dorothy, Betsy, and Trot going on an adventure together, but Betsy and Trot do next to nothing of importance so the adventure was wasted. The story itself was interesting but could've been so much more. Scraps steals the show.
Emily
I prefer Oz books that have actual plot, including antagonists and all, and this is one of the ones that fits that bill. It's always fun, too, to explore different mysterious corners of Oz and discover odd peoples like the Herkus, the Thists, and the Yips. We followed Dorothy and the Wizard on their quest for Ozma through the Winkie country, but it would have been fun to hear more about the travels of the other groups looking for Ozma in the other three principalities of Oz. Ugu is a bad guy wor ...more
Anna
This installment is probably deemed the most serious plot of Oz yet. The incredible journey has returned, but for a different reason - to save Ozma of Oz from terrible peril and a magician more powerful than our heroes have yet encountered. The world of Oz has become a modern day mystery story!

I loved the introduction of the Frogman and the bears. Baum always does a wonderful job of introducing such weird and wonderful characters with distinct characteristics. I also loved the interaction betwee
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Elisabeth Hosmer
The Lost Princess of Oz returns us to an Oz focused story. Ozma, the ruler of Oz, has gone missing. Some of your favorite characters are back on the search for Ozma. Essentially all the characters fromt he first 9 books are back in action, including Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Button Bright, Glinda, the Wizard and more. A tour that takes the reader all over Winkie country. I love the way Baum was able to bring back all the characters for a mystery and rescue mission for the ages in Oz!
Will Waller
This book was excellently crafted! It was interesting from the get-go, no new characters (at least at the beginning) to learn, and moved quickly using the journeying technique that has been fruitful in other books. The adventures were silly and varied, and the new characters, especially the Bear King, were humorous. Many of the new characters, especially the Frogman and the Ugu villain, underwent significant development.

The message of this book was that forgiveness is possible, that the animals
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Therese
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What happens to the inhabitants of Oz when their beloved ruler, Ozma is stolen along with her Magic Picture, Glinda's Magical Book of Records, her sorcery, the wizard's magic and a diamond dishpan from the land of the Yips? The author tells us he got the idea of having Ozma disappear from one of his beloved readers that he always speaks of in the introduction of every book, so Dorothy and some of her friends go off on another great adventure to find Ozma and who did this unspeakable deed. On
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Danielle Choffrey
Of course we have all heard of The Wizard of Oz, but for some reason I never knew there was an entire series. When I read the blurb about this book I wanted to check it out. I downloaded it from iTunes and was pleasantly surprised. Of course nothing can trump the original story, but this was a good read. It seems more of a younger audience read, but I had no qualms about sitting at the beach and reading it. There are books that come before this one that explain some of the characters that I didn ...more
Otis Campbell
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.
Richard
One of the most interesting thing to observe during my journy through all of Baum's Oz books was watching him mature as an author. Of all of the Oz books thus far, The Lost Princess of Oz was the most even paced and well written by almost any measure. The characters were well described and there was even some character development. For the first time, Baum had two nearly completely plot threads that came together quite well later on. And finally, the conflict is not resolved via a deus ex machin ...more
Jennifer
This book was always one of my favorites--I'm not sure exactly why, maybe because it's all in good fun and there's never any real danger of people getting hurt. Ozma has vanished and everyone sets out to save her, meeting with adventures on the way. As an adult I particularly liked the new character of the Frogman, who is a pompous enlarged frog who accidentally bathes in a truth pond and thereafter has to admit he's nowhere near as smart as he's presented himself. Unlike other windbags in Oz, t ...more
Carly Krewitsky
In this book, Princess Ozma disappears, along with her Magic Picture, the Wizard of Oz's magic tools, Glinda's book (which tells her what's going on all over the world, in fairy lands and non-fairy lands), Glinda's magic supplies, and Cayke the Cookie Cook's magic golden dishpan. Dorothy, Betsy, Trot, and other friends of Ozma search for her. Meanwhile, Cayke the Cookie Cook and the Frogman go in search of the missing dishpan. Eventually, the two groups meet and work together to rescue Princess ...more
Melani
I've been reading this one for ages. The wear is definitely showing on this one.
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stor ...more
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