Sunday, November 23, 2008

Joshua Dudley Nominated for The Pearson Prize Teen Choice Award

Joshua Patrick Dudley and his novel Lost in Oz have been nominated for The Pearson Prize Teen Choice Award.

REAL Teens, REAL Books, REAL Awards

The Pearson Prize – Teen Choice Award nomination process asks students all over Montreal, Canada to vote on a book to be nominated for this prize. Hundreds of these real high school students voted for Lost in Oz for the award.

The results will be announced in late May 2009.

http://www.pearsonprize.org/

Monday, September 15, 2008

70th Anniversary Wizard of Oz Film

Great news! Later this week, Joshua will be recording a segment for the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz Film. The film will come out in 2009 and will celebrate the past 70 years of the musical masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz.

Here's what Joshua will be doing in his clip:

1. Talking about the beginning of his book Lost in Oz.
2. How he got interested in Oz.
3. What inspired him to write about Oz.
4. The sales of his books.
5. Background on the second Lost in Oz book.
6. Some of the most cherished items in his oz collection. Joshua will show off some of the items in his collection.
7. Finally, his thoughts on being in the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz film?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mini-Series

Work on the mini-series version of Lost in Oz is in full swing.

Lost in Oz relates the adventures of protagonists Joshua and Tamara along with their friends, Tommy and Laura, as they travel down the yellow brick road in this all new mini-series event.

Along the way, they will come to terms with aspects of this amazing fantasy world and how it affects them personally; be it a realization about their inherent natures or a rationalization of the dark deeds that they need to commit in order to get home.

Long-time fans of Oz and other viewers alike will be surprised when they meet Dorothy Gale and her friends for the first time. As the characters retrace Dorothy's famous path, things begin to change, and the original story is completely altered by their interaction with it. A new prophecy for Oz and its people is revealed in this exciting new adventure.

Created by author Joshua Patrick Dudley and one of Bulgaria's best Sims Video Artists, this computer animated mini-series is sure to be full of surprises. One fifteen-minute episode will be released a week over a two month period, and will be viewable on both this site and YouTube.com. The series will debut around Christmas 2008.

Friday, May 23, 2008

4 Stars from Shop.com



SHOP.COM recently rated Joshua Dudley's second novel, Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard, 4 out of 5 stars!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nashua Telegraph Article


Nashua man shares his passion for the Land of Oz in a series of books
By DARRELL HALEN Telegraph Correspondent



When he was a young boy, Joshua Patrick Dudley fell in love with "The Wizard of Oz" and yearned to travel to the story's magical land.

So he did – in his imagination. Now, the Nashua author is sharing the second story of his "journey" in the Land of Oz.

"Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard," the second installment of Dudley's twist on the classic Oz stories, recently became available at online bookstores. It continues the saga of four teenagers who stumbled upon their own journey down the yellow brick road.

• "I'm not in this for monetary gain at all," said Dudley, 22. "It's just spreading my love of Oz, spreading my interpretation of it."

Dudley's obsession with the story started early. When he was about 3, he fell in love with the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland when he watched it for the first time.

He would watch the film again "thousands of times," he said, wearing out several copies of the movie.

"It was a completely different place for me, to see different colors and Munchkins and the Yellow Brick Road and crazy things like that," recalled Dudley, who was also heavily influenced by reading L. Frank Baum's Oz books. "Stuff kids dream about. It was awesome."


Dudley's stories are written in the first person. Joshua is joined on his journey in the Land of Oz by his twin sister, Tamara, his best friend, Tommy, and his friend, Laura.

In Dudley's first book, "Lost in Oz," the teens' presence in the land has altered the original story and they must deal with the consequences.

In his sequel, the group searches for Glinda's Great Book of Records, which keeps track of everything that happened in Oz, to erase that they had been there. Meanwhile, the Dark Wizard wants to steal the book so he can put into motion evil plots of destruction.

Dudley grew up in Hooksett and was heavily influenced artistically by his mother, Laurel Levesque, a teacher. He graduated from Manchester Central High School in 2004, and earned a degree in musical theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Dudley designed his own book covers and also drew the pictures in his second novel. His love for Baum's stories isn't confined to his writing – his bedroom is filled with Oz collectibles and memorabilia and he has performed in four theater productions of "The Wizard of Oz."


Dudley, whose book tours take him to Oz festivals, book fairs, middle schools and book signings, has heard from kids as young as 5 who enjoyed reading his first novel with their parents, as well as longtime Oz lovers in their 60s who like his fresh twist on the classic story.

"The Wizard of Oz," a perennial classic with its engaging story, lovable music and technical artistry, was a ratings hit when it first aired on television in 1956.

"The basic Baum story is so well known, it's one of the few things that hasn't gone out of style," said John Fricke, a Manhattan-based writer and producer who has chronicled Judy Garland's career and the appeal of Oz. "It's a real pop culture phenomenon that shows no sign of fading."

It's a film that kids fall in love with immediately, Fricke said. They relate to Dorothy's love for her dog, Toto, and the Kansas farm girl's desire to travel to a better place.

"I think everyone wants to find that place – just like in the song 'Over the Rainbow' – where they feel completely comfortable with themselves," added Dudley, who plans to write a third installment. "Oz is for, has always been and always will be about the kids. You get sucked in when you're a kid. You love this fantasy world so much you want nothing more than to be a part of this world, and it just stays with you for life. The characters are relatable. You feel for Dorothy during her entire journey."

Nowadays, the Baum books – he wrote 13 sequels to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" – appeal primarily to kids younger than 12, said Fricke. Dudley's books are geared to older readers, especially middle school students and teenagers, he said.

"I think he found an untapped audience with his first book," said Fricke, who met Dudley at an Oz festival in Lancaster, N.Y., where the young author was promoting his first book. "He's been an entertainer, so he's good with the public. He's very personable. He has that youthful energy that's so much like Oz."

Click here to read the article on NashuaTelegraph.com

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

SEQUEL RELEASED!

I'm so excited to finally announce the release of my second book, Rise of the Dark Wizard. I cannot thank everyone enough for all of your support and I hope you all enjoy reading about my latest journies through Oz.

It's available online now at
www.Target.com
www.BN.com (Barnes and Noble)
www.Amazon.com
and many others!

Sincerely yours,
Joshua Patrick Dudley

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

1 day until sequel!

Only one more day to wait! Rise of the Dark Wizard hits online bookstores in merely hours, but is available now through www.LostInOzBook.com and www.LuLu.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMMY!

Happy 21st Birthday to Tommy Murphy!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Rise of the Dark Wizard Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Joshua Patrick Dudley continues to give a fresh look to the stories of Oz with the release of his second book, Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard.

Nashua, NH —2008— Joshua Patrick Dudley, a 22-year-old New Hampshire resident, is gearing for the release of his second book, Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard

Told in first person, present tense, Rise of the Dark Wizard picks up where the first book left off. Joshua, Tamara, Tommy and Laura have been trapped in Mifkets Asylum for some time and have been trying to find any means of escape. Unfortunately for Joshua, his friends find a way out but he must remain alone in the asylum while the others return to Oz in search of Glinda’s Great Book of Records which keeps track of every event that happens in Oz as it happens. Their goal is to erase the fact that they were ever in Oz by tearing the pages from the book that contain their story. The Dark Wizard, the newest and most evil villain to ever set foot on Oz soil is also searching for the Great Book of Records to set all of Oz’s most evil deeds into motion at once. Can Joshua return to Oz and aid his friends in destroying his prophecy or is Oz forever doomed?

Full of twists, turns and many unexpected plot points, Rise of the Dark Wizard promises to revive the Fantasy genre that has lost steam since the end of Harry Potter. The second book also boasts interior illustrations (photo-manips) created by the author himself!

The book will be available at all online book retailers beginning March 13, 2008 and is available for purchase online now at www.LostInOzBook.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joshua Patrick Dudley
lostinozbook@yahoo.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joshua Patrick Dudley has a wide array of interests and hobbies that drive his life. His greatest passions in life are all art-related and include writing, graphic design, acting, singing and dancing. Joshua also serves as an advocate to the arts by appearing in middle-school classrooms to teach creative writing workshops. Joshua lives and writes in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he is busy working on the third installment of Lost in Oz.


Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard by Joshua Patrick Dudley
ISBN-13: 978-0-6151-8871-3 Format: Paperback, 205pp

Monday, March 03, 2008

COUNTDOWN: 10 DAYS


10 days until the release of Rise of the Dark Wizard!

Keep your eyes peeled

And stay on the look-out if your a subscriber to the Nashua Telegraph. A new interview with Joshua discussing his second book, Rise of the Dark Wizard, will hit newsstands soon!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

UPDATES!

The photos page got another make-over, thanks to our good friends over at www.goodwidgets.com! The photos page also has some new, never-before-seen photos from the Indiana Oz Festival, more chapter artwork from book two and various others.

The rest of the site got a major clean-up and the entire site has some new FLASH elements added. If they are not working, visit www.adobe.com to downloaded the latest version of Flash Player.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Baum Bugle Reviews Lost in Oz



Re-Writing Oz History
Published in the Spring 2007 issue of the Baum Bugle, The Official Wizard of Oz Fan-Club Magazine, Volume 51, Number 1
The very concept is nothing short of brilliant. It is something I haven’t seen done before anywhere. Instead of presenting Oz as an actual land, it presents Oz as merely a place in the storybook The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The primary characters here are four teenagers (one of whom is the author himself) who get caught in the storyline from the book. The problem is that, since they were not in the original tale, their presence is causing the details of the story to change. As a result, the pages in their copy of the book turn blank and the book starts rewriting itself as the altered events transpire. If they alter the plotline too much, they could jeopardize the ending and prevent Dorothy from ever getting home. If that were to happen, they could all be trapped in this unfamiliar version of Oz forever.
The four teenagers start out amiably, but after the group splits up over an argument between Joshua and his sister, things start to become less pleasant for all of them. I’ll not reveal the ending here, but suffice to say that I did not expect it.
The author’s profile states that he has a background in theatre, which isn’t hard to believe when one reads his writing: the novel is told in the present tense, in the style of stage directions. This can get awkward at times, particularly when he shifts tense. For example, a sentence on page 29 reads: “As quickly as it was said, we all rose to our feet and start our long journey to the city of emeralds.”
I had been warned in advance that this book includes killing and death. Although that is true, one needs to remember that this is essentially a re-thought version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. While many modern Oz fans remember the story as seen through the MGM-colored glasses, it actually has a great deal of killing in it. The Tin Woodman chops up an army of wolves (as well as a wildcat); the Scarecrow twists the necks of a flock of crows; and a couple of Kalidahs are made to fall to their deaths. Reading the books side by side, I actually find Baum’s the bloodier of the two. I will mention, though, that as a vegetarian, I was very put off by a segment in which our human heroes are served a type of meat that clearly wasn’t picked from a lunch pail tree. I think it best not to offer details here.
There is one fight segment that I could have done without. The characters with whom we are supposed to sympathize with actually start fighting with Dorothy and her friends. I don’t have a lot of respect for anyone who would punch Dorothy, or bite her or pull her hair. And they also tear the Scarecrow into pieces in that segment. Indeed, as Joshua himself laments later on, “We’re the bad guys!”
Taken as a whole, this book has a lot of action and excitement. I hope to see many more books from this author in the future.

-CHRIS DULABONE