When Dorothy Gale (of the Kansas Gales) boards a ship bound for Australia she doesn't dream that she’ll soon be returning to the familiar faces of the Land of Oz. There, Dorothy meets a host of colorful new characters whose friendships drive her to journey through the ups and downs of the physical and political terrain of Oz when they fall into trouble. Along the way, Dorothy encounters a talking raven, an unexpected travel companion, a mysterious key, the evil Nome King, and Princess Ozma of Oz herself. But when Dorothy is captured in her attempts to aid her new friends, she realizes that the only way to escape and protect those she cares about may be to risk everything.
A whimsical escape into a familiar land, The Key to Oz leaves readers (and Dorothy herself) guessing until the close. As Dorothy makes important realizations that people are not always as wicked as they first appear, true love knows no bounds, and that there is untold magic in everyday things, readers will be left wanting more of the Oz that Anttila so artfully weaves in this outstanding debut novel.
L. Josephine Anttila (you can call her L.J.) grew up in Merry-land, USA where the corn grows high and people say hello when they pass on the street. The idea for this novel visited her with the sunshine of a Sunday afternoon one day about fifteen years ago (she's older than she looks). Having given procrastination its due justice she decided she might as well go ahead and write the thing.
After living a few places around the world (including Australia) she found her way back to Merry-land where she resides today. The author welcomes questions and comments from readers so long as the coffee's still hot.