For the ninth book in the challenge, I read The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. This is the second book in the Oz series, and it’s a weird one. If you’ve seen the movie Return to Oz, then you’ve seen bits of this story plus some of Ozma of Oz thrown in there and mashed up with weirdness about a mental hospital.
I’m not really sure how to describe this book without giving something away. Dorothy isn’t in this book at all; it’s about a boy named Tip who happens upon some magical stuff, being that he lives with a crabby old witch, and he decides to run away. Since he doesn’t have friends, he makes some at first, but eventually, in his travels, he meets others. There’s Jack Pumpkin-head, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Gump, and the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, who are each rulers of different parts of the land of Oz. They get in a jam on account of some girls (hello, sexism) who don’t want to do work anymore, and think the Scarecrow is being a jerk by hogging all the jewels by using them in the Emerald City for decoration, instead of necklaces and earrings and rings to be worn by certain girls who are tired of doing housework. Awkward.
Frankly, these books just get weirder and weirder. This one wasn’t too bad, for all that; I gave it three out of five stars.