Evil Jester Press/Hidden Thoughts Press Dark Fiction, Comics, Non Fiction

THE WITCH OF ZAL, By Kerry Gans

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12-year-old Dorveday struggles to be a model Zalan—condescending to the robot servants, intolerant of anyone different, and obedient to the whims of the oppressive Ministry. Then the Ministry tries to take her pet robotic dog. She runs away—and lands in magical Oz. 

After the Witch of the East blows herself up and the Wicked Witch of the West threatens to kill Dorveday over East’s magic shoes, Dorveday follows the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz might help. Along the way, she picks up strange companions: A Victorian straw man with the inner strength to face witches without fear. A clockwork tin man so soft he rusts himself with tears. A lion so scared he hides behind children. And Cian, a runaway servant boy with the confidence to lead when she cannot. Can they be “real” friends if they aren’t human? Zalans say no. And yet…together they face brain-sucking zombicorns, raging rivers, and deadly hypnotic butterflies. 

But what worries Dorveday even more than the deadly dangers she faces in Oz is that Zal’s Ministry will send her mother through soul-crushing Rehabilitation to punish her for Dorveday’s escape. During her fight to get home, Dorveday discovers the power to not only save her mother, but change her world forever.


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"The Witch of Zal is an absolutely delightful Steampunk twist on a beloved classic. Inventive, fast-paced and so much fun! Highly recommended." ~ Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightsiders and Rot & Ruin.

"An enchanting, witty, whimsical Wizard of Oz meets Steampunk ride! With endearing characters, vivid world-building, humor and fun,The Witch of Zal also has its serious side, digging into the meaning of freedom andindividuality. Kerry Gans's writing has a ton of heart and soul." ~ Kit Grindstaff, author of The Flame in the Mist (Delacorte Press), SCBWI Crystal Kite award winner 2014

"Brothers Grimm meet The Giver in this richly imagined retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with an apocalyptic twist. Gans gives us an uplifting story of friendship and sacrifice that empower one girl to find the courage to transform her authoritarian world." ~ Donna Galanti, author of Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books)

"The Witch of Zal is a truly exciting adventure...futuristic...sure to thrill. In a place where no one has free will, one girl dares to make her own choices when she decides not to let the government take away her beloved petbot. Where evil zombicorns roam, where the future of a world is at stake, the only true salvation rests with one girl who dares to be different. An unforgettable ride!" ~ Marie Lamba, author of What I Meant..., Over My Head, and Drawn

"Kerry Gans reweaves the classic journey in the Land of Oz in a voice that speaks directly to the young reader of today... The Witch of Zal grabs you from page one and creates a world full of mystery, adventure, and extraordinary characters that explodes in your imagination with dazzling color while exploring how choices impact friends, family and the essence of who we are." ~ Keith Strunk, actor, author, teacher and co-founder of River Union Stage, bringing Shakespeare to 4th and 5th grades for 14 years.

About the Author

Kerry Gans is the author of several short stories and a family history book. She is a chocoholic theater geek, believes libraries are magic, and considers Chincoteague Island her perfect writing retreat. When not writing, she haunts cemeteries and dusty archives in search of long-dead ancestors and pursues her most important work-in-progress, her daughter.

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