Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a mouth like a dock worker and an attitude to match. When she walks into Voyages Through Literature—a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics—the last thing she expects is to be whisked away to an actual, magical world.
To make things worse, this Oz is very different from the one she saw in a movie when she was little. Ferocious beasts with grizzly bear bodies and tiger heads? A town of creepy, porcelain dolls? The Tin Woodsman lying broken and battered at the bottom of a ditch? Arabella will need more than surliness and silver slippers to find the answers at the end of this rainbow—or even just survive the trip.
The print edition runs 146 pages.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Profanity, for real
Arabella Grimsbro curses like a longshoreman. After careful consideration, we have decided that altering her language, as profane as it may be, would irreparably damage both the tone of her prose, and, in some cases, its very meaning. If you are considering purchasing this book for a child, please be aware that, among other obscenities, it features some variant of the word “fuck” eighty-seven times.
(Eighty-eight if you include the editor’s note.)