Books by Gregory Maguire and Complete Book Reviews

Gregory Maguire, Author Clarion Books $16 (144p) ISBN 978-0-395-68965-3
This high-camp fantasy-mystery uses farcical elements to embellish a tale of spider intrigue. En route to a lab at Harvard, seven Siberian snow spiders escape from the frozen blocks of ice that held them captive for thousands of years. The hapless...
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Gregory Maguire, Author , read by the author. HarperAudio $29.95 (
, abridged, five CDs, 5 hrs., $29.95 ISBN ) ISBN 978-0-14-314255-3
Always outspoken (and so-called “Dr.”), Denis Leary returns with this hilarious look at sucking; why we suck, how not to suck and how to help others who suck become suck free. Pulling no punches, Leary storms his way through everything...
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Gregory Maguire, Author . Regan Books $24.95 (280p) ISBN 978-0-06-039384-7
Maguire has a lock on clever, elaborate retellings of fairy tales, turning them inside out and couching them in tongue-in-cheek baroque prose. After his revisionist takes on Oz's Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked) and Cinderella's ugly...
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Gregory Maguire, Author HarperCollins Publishers $14.95 (34p) ISBN 978-0-06-024089-9
A girl goes to visit her grandmother, but they are never alone: Lucas Fishbone is there, an imaginary friend of Grandma's who merits his own plate and vegetables from the garden. The seasons change, and Lucas is a part of all their activities: ``We...
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Gregory Maguire, Author HarperCollins Publishers $14.95 (275p) ISBN 978-0-06-024021-9
Fantasist Maguire's novel is set six years after a nuclear war, in a high-tech underground shelter run by an ``elected'' dictatorship. In shifting points of view, readers learn that three teenagers are the cause of change and growth in this static...
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Gregory Maguire. Candlewick, $17.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7220-1
An imprisoned monk narrates this fabulist tale from Maguire, which draws inspiration from Russian folklore, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, while incorporating a modern thread about the threat of climate...
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Gregory Maguire. Morrow, $26.99 (576p) ISBN 978-0-06-054894-0
The final volume of Maguire’s Wicked Years series finds Oz torn by war, and Shell Thropp, Elphaba’s brother, as emperor. Munchkinland has seceded, and the Emerald City invades with the Ozian army to get it back. Glinda, former Throne Minister, is...
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Gregory Maguire, Author . HarperTrophy $5.95 (144p) ISBN 978-0-06-440874-5
"Neither saint nor hero nor villain, Fat Marcel endures the WWII German occupation of his rural French village with boyish spirits," said PW. "Maguire develops his characters and setting with insight and vigor." Ages 8-12. (June)
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Gregory Maguire, Author William Morrow & Company $27.5 (200p) ISBN 978-0-06-168916-1
This refreshing gallery of illustrations, developed for a 2003 conference on Sendak, comes with an enthusiastic, expert docent. Maguire, a children's book authority and the author of Wicked (the basis for the hit musical), is an unabashed fan...
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Gregory Maguire, Author Margaret K. McElderry Books $15 (152p) ISBN 978-0-689-50590-4
Affectionate humor and a particularly well-defined setting lend distinction to this touching novel set in 1968. Alice, a 12-year-old beset by hearing and speech impediments, lives in an orphanage run by nuns in upstate New York. After Sister Vincent
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Gregory Maguire, Author Clarion Books $16 (144p) ISBN 978-0-618-18188-9
Based on the Russian folk figure Baba Yaga and Vasilissa, among others, The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire, originally published in 1983, tells of the Blood Prince, a murderous wolf bent on destroying the village of Miersk. Only Pasha and...
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Gregory Maguire, Harper, $14.99 paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-199779-2
Maguire, who made a name for himself with bestselling fantasy books like Wicked, delivers a sharp, funny, and provocative dual coming-of-age story set in 1999 upstate New York, focusing on obnoxious 17-year-old Tabitha Scales, and Jeremy Carr, a...
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Gregory Maguire, Author . HarperTrophy $5.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-06-441072-4
This holiday entry in the Hamlet Chronicles stars four mythical flying and bow-carrying babies who escape from an ancient Grecian urn and help some students mend the broken heart of their teacher. Ages 8-12. (Dec.)
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Gregory Maguire, Author . Candlewick $15.99 (295p) ISBN 978-0-7636-2961-8
More ambitious than many of Maguire’s (Leaping Beauty ; Wicked ) previous works, this novel combines the author’s taste for the fairytale backstory with explorations of the values of storytelling. A contemporary narrative frame opens the
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Gregory Maguire, Author . ReganBooks $26.95 (337p) ISBN 978-0-06-054893-3
The death of Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West, brings about spectacular changes in this masterfully imaginative sequel to Maguire's 1995 blockbuster Wicked —most notably, the startling possibility that Elphaba had a son....
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Gregory Maguire, Author . ReganBooks $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-039382-3
Before he broke onto the adult bestseller lists with his irreverent interpretations of the Cinderella story (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister) and the Wizard of Oz (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West), Maguire wrote children&
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Gregory Maguire, Author Clarion Books $16 (144p) ISBN 978-0-395-90697-2
Neither saint nor hero nor villain, Fat Marcel endures the WWII German occupation of his rural French village with boyish spirits. He and his older brothers are hungrier than usual and they don't especially like the Jewish woman and her daughter who
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Gregory Maguire, Author , read by the author. HarperAudio $39.95 (
, unabridged, 12 CDs, 14 hrs., $39.95 ISBN ) ISBN 0-06-082920-6
With a voice that sounds a bit like Richard Dreyfuss on helium, Maguire does a solid if somewhat unconventional job of narrating his own novel. His pace, like his prose, is deliberate and thoughtful. His creativity and imagination shine in his...
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Gregory Maguire. Morrow, $26.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-054895-7
Maguire (Wicked) turns his attention to Lewis Carroll’s Victorian fantasies, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, in this thoughtful and disconcertingly memorable novel. Ada Boyce, Alice’s best friend, also falls down a...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Gregory Maguine, Author Clarion Books $15 (176p) ISBN 978-0-395-67019-4
Weaving his work more tightly than in his Seven Spiders Spinning, Maguire produces an idiosyncratic and touching story about personal tragedy and growth. Thirteen-year-old Hand Gunther finds his altruistic, pacifist father dead on the floor of the...
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Gregory Maguire, read by John McDonough. HarperAudio, unabridged, 23 CDs, 29 hrs., $59.99 ISBN 978-0-06-209366-0
In the conclusion to Maguire’s Wicked Years series, Glinda is put under house arrest, the Emerald City prepares to invade Munchkinland, and Elphaba’s little granddaughter, Rain (not knowing her heritage and working as a lowly maid in Glinda’s house)
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Andrew Glass, Illustrator Clarion Books $15 (32p) ISBN 978-0-395-60485-4
Erratic improvisations on ""Old Macdonald Had a Farm"" frustrate attempts to sing along with this so-so story of a female farmer and her chicken. Crabby Cratchitt has a hen (""E-I-E-I-oh""). Every time the gray-haired farmer tries to nap, she wakes...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Douglas Smith, Illustrator William Morrow & Company $26.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-06-039144-7
Born with green skin and huge teeth, like a dragon, the free-spirited Elphaba grows up to be an anti-totalitarian agitator, an animal-rights activist, a nun, then a nurse who tends the dying--and, ultimately, the headstrong Wicked Witch of the West...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Dirk Zimmer, Illustrator HarperCollins $6.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-06-440595-9
Among the ingredients of this high-camp fantasy-mystery (besides the eponymous arachnids) are a club of seven elementary school girls, a meddlesome reporter named Meg Snoople and a romance between an ill truck driver and his nurse. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Bill Sanderson, Illustrator ReganBooks $25.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-039282-6
The inspired concept of Maguire's praised debut, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, was not a fluke. Here he presents an equally beguiling reconstruction of the Cinderella story, set in the 17th century, in which the...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Chris L. Demarest, Illustrator , illus. by Chris L. Demarest. HarperCollins $15.99 (197p) ISBN 978-0-06-056417-9
These eight retellings with animals such as "Cinder-Elephant" and "Goldiefox and the Three Chickens" in the starring roles may well appeal to readers weaned on The Stinky Cheese Man . Maguire's adaptations tend more toward Grimm...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Elaine Clayton, Illustrator Clarion Books $16 (182p) ISBN 978-0-618-27474-1
The sixth title in the Hamlet Chronicles series, A Couple of April Fools by Gregory Maguire, illus. by Elaine Clayton, continues where Three Rotten Eggs left off. In this installment, Thekla Mustard is unseated as Empress of the Tattletales and ...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Douglas Smith, Illustrator . Morrow $26.95 (312p) ISBN 978-0-06-054892-6
The entertaining third installment of bestseller Maguire's Wicked Years series, a revisionist chronicle of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , examines the tragically misunderstood life of the Cowardly Lion before and...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Jenny Sterlin, Performed by , read by Jenny Sterlin. HarperAudio $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-144027-4
Maguire's brilliantly imaginative tale of a novelist haunted by the unsettled spirits of Jack the Ripper, Ebenezer Scrooge and her very own past is brought to life by narrator Jenny Sterlin. An experienced children's fiction narrator,...
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Gregory Maguire, Author, John McDonough, Read by , read by John McDonough. Harper Audio $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-057376-8
With a husky voice and a gentle, dramatic manner that will call to mind the image of a patient grandfather reading to an excited gaggle of children, McDonough leisurely narrates this fantastical tale of good and evil, of choice and responsibility....
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Gregory Maguire, Author, Gregory Maguire, Read by . HarperChildren's Audio $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-073590-6
Maguire (Wicked ; the Hamlet Chronicles) raises fractured fairy tales to a new level of silliness in this laugh-out-loud collection. The author reads his own work with a lively pace and often chipper voice that accentuates his humor without sounding
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Miriam Chaikin, Author, Gregory Maguire, Author, David Frampton, Illustrator Clarion Books $19 (128p) ISBN 978-0-395-74654-7
Chaikin introduces a little-known body of literature known as Midrash in this collection of stories rooted in Bible text. Midrash is translated from Hebrew as ""to search and explain,"" and Chaikin explains that these stories have been developed by...
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Gregory Maguire. Morrow, $27.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-06298-078-6
Maguire (Wicked) continues his fabulist fairy tale remixes with this enchanting story, which draws inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Wild Swans.” In the original, a sister saves her seven brothers from the curse of living as...
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Gregory Maguire. Morrow, $28.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-309396-6
There must always be exactly seven brides in exile on the island of Maracoor Spot—but in the complex, enticing fantasy that launches bestseller Maguire’s latest trilogy, a spin-off of his Wicked Years series, the balance is upset when the green-skinn
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