Search Results: "Gregory Maguire"


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CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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SON OF A WITCH by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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 >

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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 >

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MISSING SISTERS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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OASIS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >