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The Scarecrow of Oz

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Download Chap 01 – The Great Whirlpool audio
Download Chap 02 – The Cavern Under the Sea audio
Download Chap 03 – The Ork audio
Download Chap 04 – Daylight at Last audio
Download Chap 05 – The Little Old Man of the Island audio
Download Chap 06 – The Flight of the Midgets audio
Download Chap 07 – The Bumpy Man audio
Download Chap 08 – Button-Bright is Lost and Found Again audio
Download Chap 09 – The Kingdom of Jinxland audio
Download Chap 10 – Pon, the Gardener’s Boy audio
Download Chap 11 – The Wicked King and Googly-Goo audio
Download Chap 12 – The Wooden-Legged Grass-Hopper audio
Download Chap 13 – Glinda the Good and the Scarecrow of Oz audio
Download Chap 14 – The Frozen Heart audio
Download Chap 15 – Trot Meets the Scarecrow audio
Download Chap 16 – Pon Summons the King to Surrender audio
Download Chap 17 – The Ork Rescues Button-Bright audio
Download Chap 18 – The Scarecrow Meets an Enemy audio
Download Chap 19 – The Conquest of the Witch audio
Download Chap 20 – Queen Gloria audio
Download Chap 21 – Dorothy, Betsy, and Ozma audio
Download Chap 22 – Chapter Twenty-Two audio
Download Chap 23 – The Land of Oz audio
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Published in 1915, The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book in the Oz book series and focuses on the adventures of Cap’n Bill, Trot, and the Scarecrow, who find themselves entangled in the politics of Jinxland and must work against formidable odds to overthrow its despot and restore rule to its rightful successor. Apart from the appearances of familiar faces, the novel also accommodates a fresh set of characters and magical creatures residing in the Land of Oz, further contributing to its classification as a typical Baum masterpiece.

The installment begins in the calm and sunny California with the introduction of Cap’n Bill, a sailor with a wooden leg, and his young companion Trot as they set out on a relaxed boating jaunt. However, the weather suddenly turns dark and stormy, and as a result, the rowboat gets caught in a whirlpool and is dragged below, only to later surface in a mysterious underwater cavern. Disoriented, the two meet and befriend a peculiar looking creature called an Ork, which resembles a stork, but with a parrot head and propeller tail. Nevertheless, the creature proves to be of great assistance, and helps Cap’n Bill and Trot escape the cave which subsequently marks the beginning of their exhilarating journey, as the novel witnesses the endearing seaman and young girl in a venture to reach the Land of Oz. Moreover, it follows their trail as they make their way across the Land of Mo, past the Deadly Desert, and finally sees them landing in a remote region of Oz known as Jinxland. Here they become acquainted with its turbulent politics and become embroiled in its complex affairs. Soon after they are joined by the Scarecrow who in an attempt to alleviate the dire circumstances and ensure safe passage to Emerald City gets caught up in a scuffle himself. A vibrant depiction of the characters and native wonders of Oz, the novel does not fail to amaze with its portrayal of intrepid travelers and their riveting adventures in the already well known, though unpredictable setting.

Blending natural phenomena, magical berries, witches, politics, and romance into a generous serving of enthralling adventure, The Scarecrow of Oz offers a whimsical episode in the series, while also providing an illustrative portrayal of the Oz landscape.

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