On May 16, 2017, just in time to celebrate the birthday of L. Frank Baum who brought us the iconic American fairy tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first book in the AGES OF OZ book series, A FIERY FRIENDSHIP, was published by Simon & Schuster.
Travel down the red brick road with the world’s most iconic Good Witch, Glinda, as she embarks on a brave adventure in Oz…
On her Declaration Day, a day meant for celebration and happiness, Glinda’s peaceful life in Oz is shattered when her mother is imprisoned for practicing forbidden Magic. As she is ripped from her home by a fearsome bounty hunter sent by Aphidina, the Witch of the South, Glinda soon uncovers a startling truth: the Oz she’s always know is not good and right—it’s a world governed by the wickedest of the wicked, overrun with tyranny, corruption, and dark power. And Glinda’s mother? She is actually a high-ranking member of a secret society whose mission is to overthrow the four Wicked Witches and set the stage for the return of the rightful ruler of Oz.
With the help of a feisty, purple-haired girl named Locasta, Glinda sets across the unforgiving landscape to rescue her mother. They are soon joined by a boy named Ben, a revolutionary New Yorker brought to Oz through a blizzard, and a mysterious girl named Shade. Armed with their individual gifts, these unlikely heroes mount an epic attack on Aphidina to free Glinda’s mother…and save the future of Oz from the Wickeds before it’s too late.
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“An intricate world filled with excitement and magical creatures… A fast-paced series opener.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“This updated take on the “Land of Oz” stories will satisfy middle schoolers looking for an entertaining new fantasy series.”
— School Library Journal
“An extraordinary amalgam of unique, lavish story-telling, vivid comprehension of Baum’s original genius, and heartfelt homage to the real and genuine Oz.”
— John Fricke, Emmy-winner, author, and Oz historian
“The transformational messages embedded in AGES OF OZ mirror the social justice themes that flow through the original Oz books written by L. Frank Baum… young readers receive encouragement to ‘think for yourself’ and through reason and courage, overcome the injustices of the world.”
— Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
“Gabriel Gale transports young readers into a magical world, which, although is not real, teaches lessons that very much are real. A Fiery Friendship is recommended to educators seeking to stimulate discussion surrounding social justice issues by way of a fun and exciting story.”
— Christina Tettonis, Principal, Hellenic Classical Charter School
“This was a really fast pace and enjoyable read.”
— Lourdes (Chapters we Love)
“You should give Fiedler a chance to wow you with her witchy smashing talent.”
— Tara Sheehan
“Great book and I hope this series continues.”
— JW Appel
“I am counting down the days until the next book in this series comes out, as it has ended with quite the cliff hanger!”
— Noelle Luccioni