Egg and Spoon

Kobo ebook | September 9, 2014

byGregory Maguire

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In this 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 adventure is set in motion, an escapade 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.

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In this 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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763675822

ISBN - 13:9780763675820

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this so much!! I totally bought this book on a whim, and I am so happy I did. I didn't realize it was GREGORY MAGUIRE WHO WROTE IT, until after I got home. Gregory Maguire, as in the same dude who wrote the novel that the broadway hit musical Wicked is base off of. So obviously this book is great, if it's written by a guy who set the bar that high for himself. Regarding the actual story, it starts off pretty slow, but it gets very interesting, and a lot of lovable characters get introduced overtime. There's also little subtle pop culture references, which I enjoy because the setting it in what I could only assume is decades ago? It's hard to say. The whole name makes sense later on, and it actually adds a lot of value to this book conceptually. It's no longer a fairy tale, but it also talks about privilege. It's very clever. I think this was my favourite book of 2014.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fairy Tale! I am a big Gregory Maguire fan, and have enjoyed being challenged by his words, deep concepts, and calls to my imaging abilities. A few of his fanciful tales have annoyed me, but hearing about this book on NPR excited me. and i was not disappointed in any way. This Russia-based tale was completely satisfying from start to finish. Enough said!! Read if!*
Date published: 2014-11-10