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Visitors from Oz: The Wild Adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman

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Dorothy and friends return in this Oz sequel, this time to New York City, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz". Combining mathematical riddles with technological pyrotechnics and vivid suspense, Martin Gardner has created a new fable celebrating the power of imagination and the lure of an ageless heroine named Dorothy from the turn of the century.

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Dorothy and friends return to New York City, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ

Ever since THE WIZARD OF OZ was first published in 1900, Dorothy and her companions have captured the imaginations of Americans, both young and old. Generations of readers raised on L. Frank Baum's incredible Oz books, and on books by his worthy successors, will be amazed and entranced by Martin Gardner's exciting account of further adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman in United States. Indeed, by placing the story in Manhattan of the late 1990s, with cameo appearances by Rudy Giuliani, Oprah Winfrey, and Geraldo Rivera, Gardner has for the first time ingeniously adapted Baum's immortal characters to an American setting.

While a century's worth of readers has enjoyed the Oz series, it is not generally known that in Baum's fifth Oz book, Ozma teleported Dorothy and her uncle permanently to Oz. Nor is it known that Glinda moved Oz to a parallel world. In Gardner's wild novel, Dorothy and her faithful friends visit several towns in Oz--including Wonderland, a new Mount Olympus, and Ballville--before they arrive in New York's Central Park by way of a mathematical curiosity called a Klein Bottle.

The purpose of their visit to Earth is to publicize a new musical film about Oz. But plans go awry when two evil mobsters, hired by a wicked rival movie producer, try to kill Dorothy and her companions. In their desparate attempts to flee these villains, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman find themsslves in a series of precarious predicaments across New York City. Combining vivid suspense with a host of mathematical riddles and technological pyrotechnics, Martin Gardner has created a new fable in the finest traditions of L. Frank Baum that celebrates the power of imagination and the lure of an ageless heroine named Dorothy at the turn of a new century.

A jewel of a story, VISITORS FROM OZ will bedazzle children and adults alike for decades to come.

About the Author:

Martin Gardner, who was born in 1914, considered L. Frank Baum his favorite childhood writer. The author of numerous books, including THE ANNOTATED ALICE, and a contributor to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN for over twenty-five years, he lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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