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The Enchanted Island of Yew

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

A fairy has become bored with her life, and convinces some young girls to transform her into a human boy so she can go on adventures. The adventures come fast and furious, as the newly-named Prince Marvel explores the surrounding kingdoms. A masochistic squire accompanies Marvel, helping him with assorted kings, knights, dragons, and other medieval menaces along the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am glad no one but you two boys will witness me when my feet begin kicking about."

"I shall not kick," declared another of the thieves, who had also regained his senses. "I shall sing while I am being hanged."

"But you can not, my good Gunder," protested the king; "for the rope will cut off your breath, and no man can sing without breath."

"Then I shall whistle," said Gunder, composedly.

The king cast at him a look of reproach, and turning to Prince Marvel he said:

"It will be a great task to string up so many thieves. You look tired. Permit me to assist you to hang the others, and then I will climb into a tree and hang myself from a strong branch, with as little bother as possible."

"Oh, I won't think of troubling you," exclaimed Marvel, with a laugh. "Having conquered you alone, I feel it my duty to hang you without assistance--save that of my esquire."

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Community Reviews

This book is more of a classic fairy tale/adventure story from Baum. I think children and adults could get something from this book. I really like the conventions that Baum invokes, as well as the new twists he puts on old ones. With some decent illustrations, I could see this book out on childre...more

As far as I know, this is not related to the Oz series. It's still worth a look.

A fairy is bored and wants to go adventuring, so she asks some noble ladies to change her into a prince. She then goes around the island of Yew. After conking many thieves on the head and defeating King Wul-Takim, Pri...more

Fascinating story - just as entertaining as the Oz Chronicles with some very interesting gender-bending elements. I loved the character of Prince Marvel, whose really a female fairy, and the way s/he succeeds at all her tasks, not by behaving in a typically masculine fashion (as you'd expect to f...more

A great frank baum story

Full of magic, and fairies and evil hearted villains, this a good read for young adults with a love of gentle adventure stories.

This book grew on me. At first I didn't think I was going to like it but found it fun reading. It is real fantasy not Sci-Fi. It is "Wizard of Oz" type fantasy in which the author is really not trying to make you think it is reality and yet allows you to 'live' the adventures of fantasy. It is th...more

An fairy turns mortal and goes adventuring.

The premise is captivating, the narrative is charming and well executed. Baum's odd sentimental sexism is slightly more subtle here than in some of his other works.

On the other hand he allows a main character to be temporarily transgender as if it were...more

Something for your inner Ozophile: a quick, breeezy read of another fantasy world (no, not Mo or Ix, still another) created by L. Frank Baum over a century ago: the enchanted island of Yew.

Our hero is an androgynous fairy, who, out of boredom at being immortal, decides on a lark to become a brave...more

An interesting story about a fairy who spends some time seeking adventures in the guise of a mortal prince. It reminded me a bit of the Wizard of Oz (for obvious enough reasons) - there was even a place where a charlatan wizard is exposed for his manipulations. In the end, though, I felt the stor...more

Three young girls wander into an enchanted forest and encounter a fairy woman, who tells them she's bored with her perfect, immortal existence and wants to try life as a human. After some discussion, the fairy decides to become a prince, because boys get to have more adventures than girls, appare...more

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