- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (January 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682628078
- ISBN-13: 978-1682628072
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes is orphaned when her mother and brother perish in a tragic fire, one that she escaped because she was outside reading her book of fairy tales. Life in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies is so grim that she risks escape by chimney, only to be thwarted by an extraordinary whirlwind. The very next day eccentric Madame Zolotaya appears, adopts Mary, and takes her to a remote house near the strange town of Iris, which is populated by practitioners of the occult. Madame Z is kind to Mary, feeds her well, and gets her new clothes, yet she protests that she is "no one's mother." When it is revealed that her guardian is none other than Baby Yaga, the fearsome witch who eats children, Mary and her friend Jacob, a magician's assistant, work together to protect themselves from the witch's power. Laural Merlington brings much expression and varied voices to this exciting, magical tale, and only Madame Z's "Russian" accent seems a bit forced. Mary is a strong, kind, and clever character, and the common wish for a home, friends, and family unite the diverse and amazing characters. VERDICT Although there is some foreshadowing, the suspense stays strong throughout and draws to a satisfying conclusion; boys and girls, lovers of Harry Potter, and fans of dark fairy tales will appreciate this adventure. ["For those willing to tackle a rich and layered text, there's much here to enjoy": SLJ 12/15 starred review of the Hyperion book.]—MaryAnn Karre, Binghamton, NY --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
“…lovers of Harry Potter, and fans of dark fairy tales will appreciate this adventure.”
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Top Customer Reviews
This tale of an orphan who gets adopted by an elderly woman transported me to a new world, telling the legend of the Russian witch, Baba Yaga, in new form. This was an amazing book, and I absolutely recommend this tale for anyone who is used to fantasy.
Designed for middle grades, this dark fantasy follows the story of orphan Mary Hayes who is adopted by the mysterious Madame Z. Mary’s new home seems ideal until she begins to realize that her savior may have a dark side.
Librarians will find this fantasy to be popular with children who enjoy folk tales. Teachers wishing to explore traditional folklore at the middle grades may consider this title as part of a literature circle focusing on folklore adaptations.
To learn more about the author, go to http://katherinemarsh.com/.
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.