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A Lion Among Men

Format:  Paperback,

312 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9780062098948

ISBN-10: 0062098942

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In the third volume of Gregory Maguire's acclaimed series, the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

While civil war looms in Oz, Brrr--the Cowardly Lion--surrenders the story of his life to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. Abandoned as a cub, Brrr's path from infancy in the Great Gillikan Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.

A portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's A Lion Among Men is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9780062098948
ISBN-10: 0062098942
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.81
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.01 x 0.93 x 8.99

About the author

Biography of Maguire, Gregory

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.

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Review by Library Journal (2008-10-15)

Elphaba is dead; the Wizard and Dorothy are gone; the Witch's assumed progeny, Liir, is missing and so is the most magic book in Oz, the Grimmerie. Brrr, more commonly known as the Cowardly Lion and always in the wrong place at the wrong time, has been coerced into service to she'll Thropp, younger brother of Elphaba and the current Emperor of Oz. Perceiving a potential threat to his throne, the Emperor has dispatched Brrr to discover the whereabouts of both Liir and, more important, the Grimmerie.

More exposition than action, Maguire's latest series entry (after Son of a Witch and Wicked) deftly presents his fresh perspective to elaborate on the history of Oz while setting up for yet another installment. Maguire more than makes up for what the book may lack in riveting action with his signature skilled wordplay and profound philosophies on life. A rich reading experience and a worthy addition to the Oz saga. Recommended for all fiction collections.

-Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2009-02-01)

In this third entry in his "Wicked Years" series-following Wicked and Son of a Witch-Maguire (www.gregorymaguire.com) returns to Oz, this time homing in on Brrr, a.k.a. the Cowardly Lion. Though at times needlessly complex, the story ultimately both intrigues and entertains. Audie Award winner John McDonough's (Grace Will Lead Me Home) performance is adequate, though Brrr's low growling's can be difficult to understand. Recommended for most fiction collections.

- Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In the third volume of Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed series, the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

While civil war looms in Oz, Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—surrenders the story of his life to a tetchy oracle named Yackle. Abandoned as a cub, Brrr’s path from infancy in the Great Gillikan Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess, and avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.

A portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire’s A Lion Among Men is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.

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