Books by Gregory Maguire

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children's classic, retrofitted for grown-ups—and a lot of fun."
Alice doesn't live here anymore—and Maguire (Egg & Spoon, 2014, etc.) has great fun upending the furniture to find out where's she gone.Read full book review >
EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An ambitious, Scheherazade-ian novel, rather like a nesting-doll set of stories, that succeeds in capturing some of the complexities of both Russia and life itself. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Two girls switch identities while colliding with Baba Yaga and the Firebird in Czarist Russia. Read full book review >
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 >
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
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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Overall, a winner for Maguire's fans of all ages. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
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
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Too long, but few readers will fail to stay its magical course. Once again, the myth of Oz proves its enduring power."
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). Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 2005

"It's an oddly appropriate, entirely endearing end to a series that goes out with neither bang nor whimper, but a thoughtful combination of the two. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's the Fourth of July in Hamlet, Vt., and all heck is about to break loose. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Dizzyingly funny. (Fractured fairy tales. 8-12)"
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
Released: April 19, 2004

"Perhaps, but it's a relentlessly edgy and smart one, and as such, a breath of fresh air. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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
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
Released: March 18, 2002

"The tone throughout is characteristically deadpan, the humor thoroughly sophisticated; after five installments one might think the formula would wear thin, but, the title notwithstanding, this offering maintains a quirky freshness that fans and new readers alike will welcome. (Fiction. 9-13)"
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
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Midsummer Night's Dream' this is not, but rarely have the arrows of love gone more hilariously astray. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

"Despite this flaw, young children will be satisfied with the story's resolution and the pictures will have them cackling, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Crabby Cratchitt's constantly clucking hen creates chaos in the barnyard. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"Maguire is rapidly becoming one of contemporary fiction's most assured myth-makers."
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
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"This clever comedy, with humor both broad and sly, has the odd combination of hilariously fractious aliens and a generous measure of Christmas cheer—but it works. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
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
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Maguire's wit sometimes slips its leash, but the climax is sidesplitting and the gender rivalry thoroughly skewered, although the heartwarming ectoplasmic adoption scene prompts a Thanksgiving Day truce between the factions. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
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. Read full book review >
OASIS by Gregory Maguire
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An unusually understated, still-generous depiction of modern family life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
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. Read full book review >
WICKED by Gregory Maguire
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 >
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"A fast, delightfully entertaining romp. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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
Released: March 1, 1994

"Poignant yet bracingly unsentimental, a novel with the clear ring of authenticity. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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 >