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{Bewitched in Oz: Laura J. Burns}Bewitched in Oz by Laura J. Burns
Series: Bewitched in Oz
Published by Capstone Young Readers on August 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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4 Stars



{Synopsis} –When Zerie Greenapple's friend is arrested for using her magic, she knows she must do everything she can to protect her own magic…even if it means traversing the dangerous landscapes of Oz and encountering strange creatures along the way. Zerie and two friends set out to find Glinda the Good, in the hope that she can help them defeat the evil Princess Ozma. But what they experience on their journey might just tear them apart. Will magic be enough to save these three friends?

{My Thoughts} – Zerie, Tabitha and Vashti all have a secret. The secret they share is magic. They each have a magical talent that they have been practicing for a few years. However, they aren’t suppose to practice magic. It’s been outlawed by the Princess Ozma the Ruler of Oz. It is said that those caught practicing magic will be forced into the forbidden fountain and it will wash away their magic. It will make them not remember it, who they are or anything else about themselves.

Ned and Brink Springer are brother. Ned loves fixing and making clocks and Brink enjoys being a young boy. Neither boys have anything in common other then the three girls Zerie, Tabitha and Vashti. They both share an interest in liking each as a friend or more then a friend. Do the girls feel the same? I don’t know, might read the book to find out.

The girls meet up in the forest to practice magic and discover they were being watched. Tabitha is captured and the other two have to run for their lives. They meet a silly cat that tells them to go to Glinda the good witch in Oz and seek her help in getting their friend back. This sets them out on the adventure and it is one adventure, that is for sure.

This was a very slow going book for me at first, but once their adventure had picked it it got to be a much quicker and easier, and enjoyable read. I really think that readers that enjoy retellings will be able to enjoy this book. It is nicely written, it is innocent enough that a younger audience can enjoy it as well. It isn’t what I would say is typical of the Wizard of Oz type setting, but it is nicely done none the less.