Sunday, August 19, 2007

Old Story, New Twists

America’s first Fairy Tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” gets a makeover.

August 19, 2007 – “Lost In Oz,” a new novel by Joshua Patrick Dudley, examines what happens when the classic stories are given a modern twist. The exciting novel follows twins Joshua and Tamara and their two friends, Laura and Tommy,” down the ever-famous yellow brick road.

The group of four only finds trouble on their way home when they discover that because of their arrival, Oz has been changed forever. Not knowing where to turn, they realize they are lost in the magical land.

Originally conceived by L. Frank Baum in 1899, the Land of Oz and its inhabitants have served as entertainment for millions of families all over the world for over a hundred years. In the late 80’s, a “sort-of” sequel to the 1939 MGM Classic "The Wizard of Oz," called "Return to Oz," was released. Audiences did not receive it well and wondered what happened to the whimsical score and happy dancing.

“People don’t realize that a lot of dark things happen in the Land of Oz,” Mr. Dudley informs us. “There is a rule that says no one dies in the Land of Oz, but rules are made to be broken. It's time for Oz to be reborn.”

Mr. Dudley insists that his book isn’t scary for children. “There isn’t any death in the first book, but eventually it’s something we all have to deal with,” he states. “There is so much to do with the stories of Oz; I don’t feel the saga will ever be over.”

Since its release, the modern twist on Oz by Joshua has sold almost 85,000 copies, sales generated mostly at Oz festivals, and is still climbing the charts, something that excites his management team. “Joshua has done a tremendous job and is overwhelmingly happy with the results,” Tim King, head of management congratulated his client. “He’s working on the sequel, but it’s very hush-hush. No one has heard much about it yet. Not even me.”

The sequel is due out in March of next year, but until then Mr. Dudley is keeping busy. He will be appearing at the Indiana Oz Festival, the biggest Oz festival in the world, in the early September.

For more information on Lost In Oz, please visit

Media Contacts:
Mindy Fabiano, Publicist

Tim King, Management

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