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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Mr. Wizardo by Eva Pasco is a clever play on the famous Wizard of Oz and is set in Kansas. Ten years have passed since graduation and now four very different students are coming back. Oscar Wizardo, their favorite guidance counselor, is dead and they want to pay their last respects to a man who put them all on the right track. Doreen, Scott, Lyle, and Tim step out on the figurative yellow brick road to get to grips with their demons and their despair. But the line they walk is a fine one between reality and magic and Mr. Wizardo is not done with them yet.
Mr. Wizardo by Eva Pasco was a joy to read. With so many references to the original Wizard of Oz story, it's easy to fall for this story especially when it is written in such a talented manner. The story is full of puns, allusions, and humor and pops back and forth through time with ease. Although clearly based on fictional characters, these characters are lifelike, entirely believable and incredibly well-developed. Their stories intertwine seamlessly in a delightful tale that is just too short. I was disappointed when it ended simply because I had become so immersed in the story; it was beginning to feel real and I didn’t want it to end. This is a fun story, a different take on the Wizard of Oz if you like, and for any fan of the original movie, this really is a must-read.