2: chapter book
|Category Description||young adult fiction / social themes / class differences|
|Dimensions||8.5 in h | 5.9 in w | 1.3 in t | 1.1 lb wt|
|Description||"A beautiful reminder that fairy tales are at their best when they illuminate the precarious balance between lighthearted childhood and the darkness and danger of adulthood."- "�A School Library JournalA (starred review)
Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside, and there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying a cornucopia of food, untold wealth, 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.