Life in Indiana was quite the adventure for young Jamie Diggs and his parents. After a tumultuous move from Kansas, Jamie explores the covered bridges, forests and cemeteries of rural Indiana where he discovers the ways of the Hoosiers. When his parents bring up an old humpback trunk from their basement, Jamie discovers his magical heritage lurking inside. Jamie learns the ways of magic from a local magic club, meets Tree-In-The-Road, gathers Morel mushrooms for his mother's legendary potato soup and discovers his great grandfather, the original Wizard of Oz's sentry stone. He soon finds himself transported to the Land of Oz where he must face the wrath of the Fighting Trees who have grown bitter after their defeat at the hands of the Tin Woodman so long ago. In this compelling tale of fantasy and adventure in the Land of Oz, the young magician discovers new friends along the way, conquers his fears and battles the oncoming wave of trees and mushrooms alongside Dorothy and Toto.
|Publisher:||Scientia Est Vox Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
I am a father of 5 children and12 grandchildren and happily married to my wife for 26 years and counting. My background covers nearly 26 years in children's education, curriculum development and implementation, including experience working for the world's largest children's museum; The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I have written and produced 8 planetarium programs, all of which were aimed at the 8-12 year old market. I am recognized by NASA as a leading developer of web-based educational games http://www.childrensmuseum.org/cosmicquest/index.htm In addition, I am involved in the DiscoverHover program, which is an educational program developing and utilizing hovercraft in a unique and fun way http://www.discoverhover.org/infoinstructors/curricula.html Although MAGICIAN OF OZ is my first novel, my writing experience also includes newsprint, radio and television copy, curriculum development and numerous journal publications in the science and education field.
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Magician of Oz based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a story about Jamie Diggs. Jamie is your ordinary boy. His family has just moved from Kansas to Indiana. One day his father pulls out a trunk that belonged to Jamie's Great Grandfather. The great grandfather was the original Wizard of Oz. The trunk contains various items for performing magic. Jamie and his father James join a local magicians club to learn about the items in the trunk, and to explore their magical abilities. Jamie's ability to learn magic soon leads him to the Land of Oz. There he meets many of the characters we grew up with, Glinda, Dorothy, Ozma, and the Tin Woodman. His magical abilities play an integral part in his adventures in Oz. While reading this, I happened to see a lot of the comments on Amazon. Some were less than flattering. I think that was a bit unfair. I thought this book was fun. Was it a great, epic fantasy. No. But I don't think it was meant to be. Oz was never meant for adults, but for children, and the child in all of us. I think you must let go and grab hold of your childhood at times. If you read this looking for The Hobbit or Harry Potter, I'm sure you'll be disappointed. However, for 6-9 year olds, who were the original Baum audience, I think they'll enjoy it. The author managed to capture a lot of th wonder, and feel of the land. Now given, I haven't read all 40 of the original Oz books, so there may have been times where the author took liberties. However, from what I've read, there were times that Mr. Baum himself wasn't always consistent in what was/wasn't going on in the land of Oz. It is a fantasy world, remember, not a world based on the rules/laws of physics that we go by. Given a rating, I'd say this is pretty suitable for all ages. Old readers/teens might not get into it, but younger children should. Some scenes may seem intense (Like the flying monkeys were), so you might want to be aware of that. If you have young children, or would just like to travel back to Oz once again, I'd say pick up a copy of Mr. Wallace's book. This is the first in a proposed trilogy, and I for one would like to see what happens next. *Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Brandi at BK Walker Books and James C. Wallace II for an e-book copy of this for review. It in no way influenced my review.