Trail of Tears - The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy

Toto tells it like it is. He has had it with the endless renditions of Oziian experts who have never been to Oz!

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
523 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2019
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Author Biography

Bob Moyer (pseudonym - Peeky) has been writing fiction for children, young adults, and adults young at heart for nearly ten years. "The Calamitous Attitude of Kat Katitude" is about teenage and young adult cats living together as roommates. Another is a bedtime ditty - "No Such Thing", "Fast Food" is a picture book without words about a slow spider trying to catch fast insects, and the list goes on.

Professionally, Bob Moyer has been a trainer, a guest speaker, and featured writer for over thirty years in the community association industry. In addition to having a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Accounting, he has been a Florida Real Estate Broker, a Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM), the President of, and one of the principals in The Vanguard Management Group, Inc.

Bob began writing for children in 2010 and belonged to the Society of Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators (SCBWI) for many years. In 2012, he and his wife Janet concluded a busy week with a night on the town. His opening question to her was, "So Dorothy, how is Toto?"

From that nugget, he created a version of the Wizard of Oz featuring Toto as the main character. With the input of the readers first two books, he intends to create the third book of the trilogy by 2020. This series will be a celebration of the 120th year of the first printing in 1900 of the original "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Trail of Tears is a surreal retelling of a classic novel penned by Bob ‘Peeky’ Moyer and forms the next book in The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy following Toto’s Tale. In this second installment in the series, we re-enter Moyer’s Oziian world as it is updated for the twenty-first-century reader, bringing classic and epic fantasy back for a nostalgic trip through the eyes of the little dog, Toto. Filled with zippy dialogue, there are original plot elements from L. Frank Baum’s Oz mixed with new characters and situations, narrated from ‘a true Oziian’ perspective according to our narrator. What results is a surreal journey that recaptures much of the surprise and wonder of its predecessor.

At the 120th anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its accompanying books, it becomes clear very quickly that author Bob ‘Peeky’ Moyer is a devoted fan of the original who wants to recreate the blast of Technicolor that Oz brought to a truly drab world. Though the dialogue and newer characters are sharply updated for the new generation of readers, there’s a surreal quality to the scenes and plot structure which harks back to the episodic style of the MGM classic movies and Baum’s book series itself. This is very much a novel which knows it’s a novel, encouraging readers to delve into the tale, but also reference and reminisce as they go. For nostalgia and Baum fans, Trail of Tears and The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy will make delightful, highly atmospheric reading.