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In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunit
ebook, 125 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published November 1st 2013)
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Jamilets Cervantez Well, I haven't read this book yet... but I think it would be better to read it after Dorothy must die..
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Candace Robinson
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually just read this one after the other novellas, since I was waiting for Overdrive to hurry up! Loved this one and seeing how Dorothy becomes bad!!
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I... devoured this. There was something about wanting to see how Dorothy rises to her vengeance that I just needed to see through to the end. How she rises to power, the insanity of who's at fault and how the world is going to be flipped-turned-upside-down has me beyond excited for when Dorothy Must Die releases. Since Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite books and films, I found myself really in love with how Paige portrays Dorothy and how she grows into her madness. It was SO perfectly fitting ...more
Catherine ♡
I really liked this prequel because of the way Dorothy was portrayed as a narrator - instead of making her a mindless villain, Danielle Paige depicted her transition away from innocence (and how greed overtook her) and I thought it was such a captivating journey.

Oh, and lots of foreshadowing for Dorothy Must Die:
If I had all that, I would never let myself lose sight of how lucky I was. Not for a moment.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novellas
“They say you can't go home again. Well, I'm proof that's not true. Home isn't just where you're born-it's where you belong. I found my home and I let it go. But I came back. Now I was home for good, and I would never, ever make the mistake of leaving again. The past was gone forever. There was no place like here.” - Dorothy

There's not a whole lot to review in such a short story but I was seriously shocked at how dark this was haha. I freaking love how twisted it is! I'm a huge fan of The W
Patry Fernandez
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: año-2016
En realidad un 3,75*

«Muchos dicen que no puedes volver a casa. Bueno, tengo la prueba de que eso no es cierto. Ahora bien, ¿dónde está ese lugar? No siempre está donde uno nace o se cría, sino allí donde echa raíces. Ahora me sentía como en casa. Nunca, pasará lo que pasara, volvería a cometer el error de marcharme. Había dejado mi pasado atrás. Como en Oz, en ningún sitio.»

Es una pequeña historia introductoria de como Dorothy volvió a Oz. Es bastante entretenido y augura una buena historia par
Initially gave this 3 stars.

I know which side I'm on now though.

Original review:
Damn it, I didn't want to actually UNDERSTAND where Dorothy was coming from and why she is the way she is. This story definitely humanizes her a lot more and it changed my thinking towards Glinda and Ozma. But now I don't know whose side to be on! Argh.
Estefanía Álvarez
Creo que es un error leer este antes que el primero, porque yo lo estoy haciendo en el orden que corresponde y tengo la sensación de que este me hubiese aclarado muchas más cosas si hubiese leído antes el otro.
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
No Place Like Oz Review on K-Books

Oh. My. Word. There are no words to explain just how amazing this novella is. When I first heard of Dorothy Must Die I thought hmm that sounds interesting. With me being a massive musicals fan I have, of course, watched The Wizard of Oz a gazillion times and memorised every word. So anything to do with Wizard of Oz I instantly was interested in. Dorothy Must Die was on my radar of a 'I want to read... eventually... at some point." When seeing there was a prequel
I am not sure what to rate this, for now a 1.5, rounded up to a 2.
I am just disappointed. Dorothy isn't evil, she is just a bitch (sorry for my language) and rude to friends and family, who all just want the best for her and only care for her. What do they get? Mindcontrol, bitchy behaviour and more.

Let's just say I was really looking forward to this new series. Dorothy becoming evil? Dorothy not good but the enemy for Oz? Wow. Sadly it was not meant to be. Like I said above, I didn't feel like
Patricia Bejarano
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. La precuela de Dorothy debe morir ha estado genial. Sin duda, me ha encantado volver a Oz y saber lo que pasa para que Dorothy deje de ser la buena de la historia. Sin duda me ha sorprendido muchísimo. Eso sí, recomiendo muchísimo haber leído El mago de Oz antes de adentrarte en esta aventura, hay muchas referencias en esta precuela, así que no me imagino la cantidad de referencias que puede haber en el primer libro. Estoy deseando tenerlo en mis manos y seguir con la historia.
Ana M.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings
1.5 en realidad
Hacía tiempo que un libro no me atrapaba y se me hacía tan largo y pesado. Poco más de 150 páginas y me ha parecido que tenía el doble.

El clásico de Oz me gusta mucho, no es mi favorito pero sí me gusta su historia y los personajes, por lo que tenía curiosidad sobre este retelling.
No tengo mucho que decir sobre esta precuela. Dorothy ha crecido y quiere con todas sus fuerzas volver a Oz para reencontrarse con sus amigos: el león, el espantapájaros y el hombre de hojalata. No todo
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will go into full detail with a review to come soon! But basically, THUMBS UP! Go read it! Or if you're smart you'll wait till the day before Dorothy Must Die comes out so you don't have to wait.

Cut that. Don't be smart.
Veronica Morfi
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5

No Place Like Oz is the prequel to Dorothy Must Die, and for me it is a must read. This is the story of Dorothy a few years after she came back from Oz. Now Dorothy is about to turn 16 and everything around her, everything she fought so hard to get back to, doesn't seem the same anymore. As they say, you can never go back home. And for Dorothy returning to what she though was her home didn't turn out to be what she hoped for.

I really loved seeing what happened once Dorothy was back
Wow. I felt this ties in nicely to the original story. The main differences is that I felt Oz is a bit more fantastical here (flaming toast, prebuttered, cooked corn still on the stalks, etc) and that Dorothy seems a bit conceited and selfish even from the beginning. The setting when she was in Kansas did feel a bit modern though.

Danielle Paige does a great job with references from the original book. She bases is more on the books than the movies since the ending is fairly different. Going from
Apr 08, 2014 marked it as not-for-me
Shelves: full-fathom-five
I really wanted to read this. But I just can't. James Frey will get none of my money. Ever. His practices are disgusting.
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
LOVED IT. LOVED IT! awesome prequel to what i think will be an amazing book!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite classics, and it was so much fun to drop right back into this world. I love re-tellings, but I never realized I would like a continuation so much. It's like you always want to know what happens after the happily ever after, even though this seems to point to - nothing good! Danielle Paige stays really close to the original story, but creates a whole new journey. This is not the sweet Dorothy of yesteryear, but a power-hungry Dorothy unhappy with the life sh ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nunca me imaginé un regreso a Oz tan divertido, entretenido y diferente.
El estilo que le ha dado la autora a este tradicional cuento, me ha enganchado y ha hecho que esta precuela sea indispensable de cara a comenzar con Dorothy debe morir, pues nos muestra la malvada evolución de Dorothy en su regreso a Oz de forma progresiva con pequeños matices que van in crescendo hasta el final.
El resto de personajes y la ambientación de ese mundo fantástico han sido geniales también. Con ganas de seguir
Lucía Sancho-Arroyo
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos
4,5 sobre 5.
"Este regreso a Oz me ha conquistado. Decidida a leer la saga, he optado por empezar desde el inicio, con esta precuela. Es una historia corta que nos habla del retorno de Dorothy a Oz y cómo su vida da un giro de 180°. No sé si Dorothy debe morir, pero de momento diré que desde la página uno tenía boletos para una reprimenda y un guantazo.
Ha sido fantástico reencontrarme con personajes de la infancia y un Oz con tanta luz como oscuridad. Deseando continuar la historia."

Reseña comple
Colleen Scidmore
This book was the first prequel to Dorothy Must Die.

It definitely explained a lot, like how Dorothy got back to Oz, what has happened to turn her evil and what the heck had happened to Ozma. But I just couldn't get into it as much as Dorothy Must Die. It was informative and a fast easy read, I just felt a little let down considering how much more I enjoyed the very first book in the series. But it's definitely worth a read because it gives the important back story.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013, 5-star
I so desperately need Dorothy Must Die. Like now.

“Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had the vaguest notion that I was the one being wicked. But I found that I didn’t care. In fact, I almost enjoyed it.”

I’ve wanted to read this book since I’d read the first book in this trilogy, Dorothy Must Die was just plainly perfect so you can imagine what grate expectations I had before I started this book. I’m glad to tell you: No Place Like Oz did not disappoint me. It was everything what I imagined, maybe I couldn’t relate to the ch

I’d like to start this review by saying a big ‘well done’ to Danielle Paige, because not once during this story, did I ever doubt that this was Dorothy Gale, which in itself is pretty impressive!

Dorothy was as I expected her, and I did feel pretty sorry for her at points. I totally got where she was coming from when everyone who heard her story thought she was crazy, and when girls started being nasty to her because her aunt and uncle couldn’t afford to buy her a beautiful new dress. I could als
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
This is post originally on Vivian's Book Pavilion

So…at first, we can see what’s the life Dorothy used to live, and what happen after she went back to Kansas. You know…Danielle Paige really created an unpleasant Dorothy, spoil little girl. When she was back in Kansas, she kept complaining about everything, literally EVERYTHING. She was unhappy about her presents, her classmates, her life…and so on. Please, although I had some sympathy for you different life in Kansas, but that’s what you choos
Prequel novella to upcoming novel "Dorothy Must Die." Dorothy's return to Oz. I was, admittedly, disappointed. While I thought the concept was delightfully unique (I purchased this prequel in anticipation of the upcoming novel!), I found the execution to be extremely simplistic. Of course, it *is* a Young Adult novella - as is the upcoming novel - and that includes a very wide age range. I would place this right around the 12-13 age group...just this side of a Middle Reader. Even so, I felt that ...more
Must shamefully admit I haven't read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so I'm not sure where the similarities or differences lie within this book. However it's hinted that originally Dorothy only wanted to return home to Kansas but here Dorothy wanted to return home to Oz. The whole idea of Dorothy being tempted into evilness makes some sense when you think about it. Why return to a boring life Kansas with no true friends, unless you count the pigs and the chicken (and an ex best friend who accuses you ...more
I have been curious about this series since it first came out. This novella was a good introduction. It's a very fast read and definitely interesting. I liked how there were parts that stayed true to the original Wizard of Oz, but they also had a unique spin to them. There were a few parts that had me a bit confused at the beginning, but I still plan on reading the rest of this series soon!
Me ha gustado muchísimo. Creo que es un relato necesario, antes de empezar con la saga. Para descubrir el inicio y el por qué de Dorothy siendo malvada.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Interesting to see Dorothy's transformation. I enjoyed her backstory. Fun series!
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
evillll. review to come
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“They say you can't go home again. Well, I'm proof that's not true. Home isn't just where you're born-it's where you belong. I found my home and I let it go. But I came back. Now I was home for good, and I would never, ever make the mistake of leaving again. The past was gone forever. There was no place like here.” 16 likes
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