The Scarecrow looked solemnly at Elizabeth. "You see, little girl, mistakes might have been made. When a witch is destroyed, that energy sometimes doesn't go away. Like Einstein said, it's sometimes...transformed."
"You mean it goes somewhere else?" said Elizabeth.
The Scarecrow nodded.
"Somewhere like here?" said Elizabeth.
The Scarecrow nodded again.
Hackers of Oz is a gift for mothers and daughters, a valentine to the city of Chicago, and a celebration of all of us who wore ruby slippers or a pointy black hat on Halloween!
Tom Mula has been an award-winning Chicago actor, director, and playwright for far, far, far too long. Audiences have tolerated his performances in a good deal of Shakespeare, as Koko in Hot Mikado, and in solo turns in The Circus of Dr. Lao and Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. Tom also spent seven grueling seasons at the Goodman Theatre playing Scrooge.
Mula's plays include Almighty Bob, The Golem, Nicole Hollander's Sylvia's Real Good Advice, and adaptations of John Gardner's In the Suicide Mountains and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 1995, Adams Media published Tom's book Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol; it was a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The award-winning play version has had hundreds of productions worldwide.
Tom spends most of his summers acting and directing at Peninsula Players in Door County, Wisconsin. He teaches in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. Tom Mula is a lucky, lucky man. He may be reached at tommula.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have actually bought copies of this book and given the copies to my friends - that’s how much I loved this book. It’s not just the delightfully snarky tone; it’s not just the respectful nods to the whole L. Frank Baum series; it’s not just the wonderfully geeky protagonist, Elizabeth. It’s that the novel rings with an emotional truth - a truth that acknowledges human flaws, accepts them, and redeems them. This book is what I wish Wicked had been. Where Wicked is cynical, this book is radiantly hopeful. Where Wicked is depressing, Hackers of Oz is hilarious. The plot is compelling, the characters are fascinating, the references to the world of Oz are brilliant. I love a book that is irreverent, hilarious, and yet has a heart of gold. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and also makes me weep. This book is all these things. Read it.
In HACKERS OF OZ, Tom Mula presents the reader with a beautiful original story with a nod (and a wink) to the source--or perhaps sources as it pays tribute to the many Baum books as well as the icons' other incarnations. That is not to say that it is pastiche in any way: this is a wholly unique work with characters of warmth, depth, and humanity. The book is in turns hilariously wicked and poignantly honest in its page-turning adventure of Elizabeth, a Dorothy-of-another-day, and her encounter with the Scarecrow, Scraps, and WWW (the Wicked Witch of the West--one of the many brilliant touches in the novel). Mula, who gave us the flawless JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL, has created another must-read.