Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

The Wicked Years


Author: Gregory Maguire

25th Anniversary Edition! Everyone’s heard Dorothy’s version of what happened when she traveled to Oz, but what about the Wicked Witch’s side of the story? Where did she come from? Long before Dorothy’s tornado plopped her into Oz, a green-skinned girl named Elphaba was born. Why is she different? Could she be a witch? In this brilliant reimagining of the world of Oz, Gregory Maguire examines how “the truth” depends upon your viewpoint, while his humanizing of the Wicked Witch of the West shrewdly questions the nature of what separates good and evil. Your teens will be spellbound by this compelling story-before-the-story, even as they find themselves re-examining how labels influence how we view people and events. With over two million copies in print and having inspired the hit Broadway musical, Wicked has become an indisputable modern classic. This 25th anniversary edition features a new essay by the author. Ages 14 and up. 448pp.