In a tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages.
Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar's army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg-a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an escapade is set in motion, an adventure that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and--in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured-Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the author of the incredibly popular books in the Wicked Years series, including Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which inspired the musical. He is also the author of several books for children, including What-the-Dickens, a New York Times bestseller. Gregory Maguire lives outside Boston.
A classic Christmas sofa tale to be devoured in a reindeer onesie with a selection box, yet the suffering of central Russia towards the end of the tsars' regime gives it a dark underbelly and high stakes ... Layers of story emerge like a row of matryoshka dolls while humour, wordplay and narrative voice glitter as brightly as the egg, which is by Faberge. Observer A hilarious, witty novel Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Number Of Pages: 475
Published: 1st December 2014
Publisher: CANDLEWICK BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 16.4 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.77