Egg & Spoon (Hardcover)

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Chris's September 2014 Staff Pick: Gregory Maguire has joined the tour de force of authors writing for the next generation. This is the story of Elena Rudina, a young girl who lives in a small impoverished town in Russia in the time of the Tsar. Her father is dead, her oldest brother was conscripted by the army, her middle brother left with the last wealthy landowner and her mother lays dying in their little cabin. When a train stops in her town on the way to meet the Tsar, Elena meets Ekaterina. This is the story of their adventures when their lives collide.

This is the story of a monk locked away in a tower and a prince who is hiding.

This is also the story of Baba Yaga , witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.
This is an inspiring delightful book.

— From Chris's Picks


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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763672201
ISBN-10: 0763672203
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 475
Language: English