Books by Gregory Maguire

OUT OF OZ by Gregory Maguire
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Is a neat ending possible? Not likely. There's even room in this deliciously fun novel for a trap-door sequel. Stay tuned."
Maguire, reimaginer of Oz, completes his series The Wicked Years, which bowed in with the exuberantly zeitgeisty Wicked (1995), with this pensive but action-filled capstone. Read full book review >
THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but an unfamiliar treat for those who like their comedy laced with a touch of satire."
A fitfully funny and adventurous experiment from the author of Wicked (1995). Read full book review >
A LION AMONG MEN by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Maguire's inspired world-building strides from strength to strength."
The further adventures of L. Frank Baum's beloved characters are more fatefully connected with the political history of Oz in this third installment of Maguire's justly praised revisionist series. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

When a terrible storm (think Katrina) strands an inept young man with his highly sheltered cousins, he turns to storytelling to hold their fears at bay. Read full book review >

SON OF A WITCH by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Animals talk, attack dragons prowl the skies and political unrest afflicts the land of Oz in this richly detailed sequel to Maguire's contemporary fantasy classic Wicked (1996).

Its protagonist is Liir, the probable offspring of Elphaba Thropp, the late, mostly unlamented Wicked Witch of the West (unless Liir's birth mother was actually Elphaba's unfortunate sibling Nessarose; it's complicated). Read full book review >

ONE FINAL FIRECRACKER by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: May 23, 2005

It's the Fourth of July in Hamlet, Vt., and all heck is about to break loose. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

From the elegantly addled brain of the author who brought us not only Wicked but haunted hairdos and stupid cupids, come eight deeply and profoundly silly stories. Read full book review >

A COUPLE OF APRIL FOOLS by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2004

What has got to be the weirdest year in the history of Hamlet, Vermont, continues in this archly funny sixth addition to the series. Read full book review >

MIRROR MIRROR by Gregory Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Every bit as good as Wicked: wicked good, in fact."
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs relocate to early-17th-century Tuscany, in this wildly inventive latest from the author of such adult fantasies as Wicked (1995) and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999). Read full book review >
THREE ROTTEN EGGS by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: March 18, 2002

Genetically engineered chicken eggs provide the narrative motor for this, the fifth, entry in the "Hamlet Chronicles," as Miss Earth's fifth-grade class lurches into spring. Read full book review >

LOST by Gregory Maguire
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It must have been fun to throw all these semi-compatible elements together, but it's not nearly as enjoyable for the overburdened reader. Maguire's free-ranging, high-energy imagination is a wonder to behold—but Lost is likely to lose many readers along the way."
A potent ghost story is buried under several layers of complication and explication in this highly imaginative, unfortunately labored tale from the popular author of Wicked (1995) and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999). Read full book review >
FOUR STUPID CUPIDS by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

Having faced ghosts, aliens, and deadly Siberian snow spiders in previous adventures, the fifth graders at Josiah Fawcett Elementary take on a very different sort of challenge when a Grecian urn from Fawn Petros's aunt shatters, releasing four bright-eyed cupids from a 2,300-year nap. Read full book review >

CRABBY CRATCHITT by Gregory Maguire
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

Crabby Cratchitt's constantly clucking hen creates chaos in the barnyard. Read full book review >

CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

A revisionist view of Cinderella's adoptive family dominates this brilliantly plotted fantasy from Maguire, a popular children's book author whose first adult novel, Wicked (1995), offered a similar reimagining of the land of Oz. Read full book review >

FIVE ALIEN ELVES by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

Fresh from an encounter with ghost mastodons (Six Haunted Hairdos, 1997), Miss Earth's fifth-grade class readily takes on a new challenge in this eccentric holiday story from Maguire. Read full book review >

SIX HAUNTED HAIRDOS by Gregory Maguire
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

Having survived an influx of giant, poisonous Siberian snow spiders (Seven Spiders Spinning, 1994), the rival boys and girls of Miss Earth's class in Hamlet, Vermont, face another set of prehistoric critters: a herd of ghost mammoths hunting through the centuries for a misplaced youngling. In the wake of a classroom argument about the existence of ghosts, the Tattletales (girls) gleefully don fright masks and beehive wigs (`` `There is nothing quite so terrifying as hairstyles that have gone out of fashion' '') and send the Copycats (boys) fleeing down spooky Hardscrabble Hill in panic, where there are actual ghosts—indistinct mounds that appear at the first sign of peanuts and wander about with a mournful air. Read full book review >

OASIS by Gregory Maguire
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

A young man's struggle with grief over the sudden death of his father is the central conflict in a novel that effortlessly illuminates the depth and strength of the human spirit. Hand Gunther blames himself for the death of his father, Rudy, of a heart attack; condemns his estranged mother, Clare, for returning to the family too late; and resents his sister Vida's eager forgiveness of Clare. Read full book review >

WICKED by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit—that spot is well deserved."
Maguire, up to now a writer of kids' books, turns his considerable child-captivating skills to adults and adult children in this magical telling of the land of Oz before and up to the arrival of Dorothy and company. Read full book review >
SEVEN SPIDERS SPINNING by Gregory Maguire
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

A lighthearted fantasy that, while easily read, is as intricately structured as a spider's web. Read full book review >

MISSING SISTERS by Gregory Maguire
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

Alice, 12, withdrawn and inarticulate because she's quite deaf, lives in a Catholic orphanage in Troy, N.Y. Unbeknownst to Alice, her truculent twin, Miami, lives across the river in Albany as one of the Shaws' four adopted children. Read full book review >


Five years after an apparently cataclysmic future event, three teen-agers and a band of children escape the repressive society of their sealed retreat to return to the world above. Read full book review >