A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 3 – 8
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
E. D. Baker’s talent for reimagining classic fairy tales shines
brighter than ever in this new adventure about watching what you wish
Serafina was living the normal life of a village girl, when
she gets a mysterious letter—her first letter ever, in fact—from a great
aunt she’s never heard of in another village. Little does ‘Fina know,
her great aunt is actually a Baba Yaga, a magical witch who lives in an
even more magical cottage.
Summoned to the cottage, Serafina’s
life takes an amazing turn as she finds herself becoming the new Baba
Yaga. But leaving behind home and the boy she loves isn’t easy, and as
Serafina grows into her new and magical role answering the first
question any stranger might ask her with the truth, she also learns
about the person she’s meant to be, and that telling the future doesn’t
always mean knowing the right answers.
In her inimitable and
bestselling way, E.D. Baker has crafted a funny and romantic story that
combines some fabulous details from the original Slavic tale, with an
all new spin!
About the Author:
E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Baker is also the author of Fairy Wings, Fairy Lies, The Wide-Awake Princess, and Unlocking the Spell. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.
This is a beautiful retelling of the legend of Baba Yaga. Serafina is a
sweet and unsuspecting girl that goes to meet her long lost great aunt
after receiving a letter about an inheritance. She is unknowingly
heading to a lifetime of answering questions as the truth telling Baba
I had never heard of Baba Yaga until I read this book, and I think that
helped me enjoy the story more. The writing is easy to read and
entertaining. Getting sucked into this story took zero effort on my part
as I was quickly swept away into the imaginary world that E.D. Baker
created. This is precisely the type of book that I love and would gladly
recommend to middle grade and teen readers. It is clean, engaging, and sweet.
It has the predictably happy ending that I was hoping for.