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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.
Published by Turtleback Books (first published June 5th 1917)
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Evgeny
Mar 15, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
One fine morning in the Land of Oz Dorothy decided to show her friends around. Because nobody can as much as sneeze without asking Ozma's permission - I have this impression - Dorothy went to Ozma and realized that the latter disappeared: mysteriously and without any trace. Not to worry, Ozma had a magic picture which could show any what any person was currently doing. It turned out the picture is missing too, and so are all of Wizard's magic trinkets. The latter rushed to Glinda only to learn t ...more
Tabby
Jun 17, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
One of my favorite Oz books! review to come (maybe)
Joni
Aug 22, 2014 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, classics, fiction
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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Grace
This book is classic Baum - fun fairy-land adventures, all manners of creative and amusing oddities, great variety of characters. A great story for kids, or for any fan of Oz.

However, from a storytelling and writing craft perspective, I have to rate this with only three stars. Baum follows his standard procedure of the main plot being nothing more than "wandering around Oz encountering oddities." The guise for this wandering is a search for Ozma and various magical talismans, which have gone mis
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Kathrin
It’s been a while since I started reading the Oz series. Looking back my main intention was to finally read the story I had heard a couple of times before. Since it’s a children’s book series I never had that much expectations but some of the books really surprised me while others bored me to no end.

This certainly was one of the better ones. For once, it was more complex than other books in the series and some very interesting characters were introduced. The story of having all magical objects a
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Lee Födi
Sep 21, 2014 Lee Födi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Tony Laplume
May 02, 2016 Tony Laplume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best character in this eleventh book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series is the Frogman, who unlike virtually every other character in the series realizes he's not as special as he thinks he is. That's a major event in the series, to be sure. He realizes this after taking a dip in the Truth Pond, and then, even more remarkably, Baum still ends up using him the same way he handled every other character, as special despite his flaws.

That, and the further conquest of evil by further limiting the use
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John Sims-jones
The Oz books are never exactly bad, but it seems the farther I get into the series, the more phoned in the books seem and the more L. Frank Baum's weaknesses as a writer become apparent. It seems in every book he introduces three to four useless characters who are essentially repeats or variations of previous characters, and they NEVER GO AWAY. This is by far the most bloated cast in the series, with multiple paragraphs devoted to just introducing everyone in the scene each time they encounter a ...more
Julia Brumfield
Mar 02, 2014 Julia Brumfield rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz, kindle-ebook
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
Mar 09, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classic
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
Stacy Renee
May 27, 2016 Stacy Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had started to get pretty bored with this series but this one stands out and is probably one of the best. For the past few books we were introduced to new characters on journeys in parts of Oz that we hadn't heard of before, getting themselves into predicaments that an original Oz character would save them from in the last 10% of the book after magically swooping in to save the day. It got boring and redundant. In this book, we finally end up back in the Emerald City with our original cast of ...more
Ds
May 14, 2015 Ds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes.another good one!! I absolutely enjoyed the mystery of Ozma and all the stolen magic, the adventures and the new characters. The pace is quick and I was completely caught up in the story. The only thing I didn't like was the swift redemption of Ugu. They all become super good in the end and that`s annoying (cause, let's face it, villains are much more interesting than heroes) but what can you do? other things make up for that and I really, truly liked this one.


SIIII! Un altro bellissimo capi
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Myles
I'd finally broken through the long dark night of poor Oz books with Rinkitink in Oz, the books still fail to work as delights in their own right, but at least Baum feels a little free to actually experiment with his writing again.

The Lost Princess of Oz has a good plot to begin with - Ozma is missing, perhaps taken, and with her all of the magical accoutrement in the land! Glinda's record book and instruments as well as the Wizards black bag and Ozma's magic picture have all been stolen in the
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Shoshana
Feb 23, 2012 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2015 Nicolas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2013 Carlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz
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
Jun 18, 2011 Olsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2012 Aubrey Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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Sarah Spelbring
As with all the Oz books, this book takes us to a different part of Oz with new friends and new adventures.

We venture into a little-known part of the Winkie Country to rescue Ozma who has been captured by a wicked magician who wants to rule Oz himself. In the process we meet the Frogman, Cayke the Cookie Cook, the Lavender Bear, and Little Pink Bear.

All of whom band together with our favorites: Dorothy, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, Toto, the Sawhorse, the Woozy, the Patchwork Girl, Trot, But
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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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Tyrannosaurus regina
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
Jun 12, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2013 Michael Tildsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holli
I honestly think Ozma should have remained lost. She's one of the most useless characters in this series with as powerful as she supposedly is. With this book, I feel like I've missed something between it and the last one. When did Dorothy get the magic belt back? She gave it to Ozma, didn't she? And its abilities seem to have changed, without explanation, in this one. An okay book, but I'm really ready to be done with this series as it no longer has the magic and joy of the original story and t ...more
Danns
Nov 09, 2011 Danns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
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
Oct 19, 2014 Megarose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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 pleth
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Other Books in the Series

Oz (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz, #6)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)

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