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The Master Key

The Master Key by L. Frank Baum
By: (1856-1919)

The Master Key was one of Baum’s earliest full length fantasy books for children, published in 1901 just one year after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The protagonist, Rob, while experimenting in his workshop, accidentally summons up an electrical fairy who presents him with electrical devices so advanced as to seem magical. His gifts include a flying contraption, a stun gun, and something resembling an omniscient portable TV set. Rob travels the world, rendering assistance to European heads of state and narrowly escaping disaster at the hands of “primitive” cannibals, Turks and Tatars, pirates, and evil scientists who try to steal his inventions. It’s great fun, despite the occasional use of racial stereotypes that reflect the values of its time.

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The Master Key

An Electrical Fairy Tale

Founded Upon The Mysteries Of Electricity And The Optimism Of Its Devotees. It Was Written For Boys, But Others May Read It


L. Frank Baum


Who Knows? 1. Rob's Workshop 2. The Demon of Electricity 3. The Three Gifts 4. Testing the Instruments 5. The Cannibal Island 6. The Buccaneers 7. The Demon Becomes Angry 8. Rob Acquires New Powers 9. The Second Journey 10. How Rob Served a Mighty King 11. The Man of Science 12. How Rob Saved a Republic 13. Rob Loses His Treasures 14. Turk and Tatar 15. A Battle With Monsters 16. Shipwrecked Mariners 17. The Coast of Oregon 18. A Narrow Escape 19. Rob Makes a Resolution 20. The Unhappy Fate of the Demon

Who Knows?

These things are quite improbable, to be sure; but are they impossible?

Our big world rolls over as smoothly as it did centuries ago, without a squeak to show it needs oiling after all these years of revolution... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 7, 2014
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This was an eye opening book. The inventions in this book are/were ahead of their time. I really enjoyed it.
Reviewer: - February 26, 2014
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An entertaining bit of whimsy.

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