In The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls, Elise Primavera cleverly tells the tale of what happens to the ruby slippers many years after Dorothy Gale's adventures in the land of Oz. Ivy and her mother move to the town of Sherbet after inheriting her Aunt Viola's dilapidated home on Gumm Street. After being plagued with rotten luck for seven years, Ivy hopes to start a new chapter in her life, but gets much more than she bargained for when she learns she is a descendant of the Gale family and that it's up to her to keep the ruby slippers, entrusted to her by the mysterious Mr Staccato, safe. When a woman named Cha Cha Staccato storms into town with the intention of posessing the magical slippers, Ivy enlists the help of Franny, Pru, and Cat - three girls from Gumm Street who do not like each other at all - in preventing the shoes from falling into the wrong hands. But when their plan of tricking Cha Cha backfires, they are whisked away to a strange land called Spoz and are forced to journey through truly odd, subterranean worlds in order to reach their home again - all with superficial witches, giant living potatoes, zombies, and a beastly Jinx on their tail. A highly entertaining story that will keep you hooked from beginning to end and illustrations that are sure to amuse, readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment of the Gumm Street girls' adventures.
LOVED this book!! So entertaining and cute.. I blazed through it in less than 48 hours! I wish there was a sequel out now or that this author had more similar books. All around awesome!