A Wolf for a Spell

Karah Sutton, illus. by Pauliina Hannuniemi. Knopf, $17.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-593-12165-8
To save her wounded packmate, young wolf Zima makes a deal to temporarily swap bodies with the infamous Baba Yaga. While Baba Yaga pursues her own mysterious agenda, Zima must pretend to be the terrifying witch of the deep woods, a masquerade that leads her to the nearby castle of the intimidating Tsar Aleksander. Meanwhile, orphan Nadya, whose chosen older sister Katerina is engaged to Aleksander, also makes her way to the castle in the hopes of finding a permanent home. As paths cross and stories intertwine, an old secret unfolds, one that could either save or destroy the forest that has brought them together. Drawing on the Russian folklore of her heritage, Sutton conjures up a charming debut filled with magic and friendship, where a wolf in disguise can learn what it means to be human and a witch finds opportunity to redeem her greatest mistake. Fun and twisty, this fairy tale that evokes imperial Russia has a timeless air. Stylistic black-and-white illustrations adeptly visualize the characters. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Assoc. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 07/09/2020
Release date: 12/01/2020
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 320 pages - 978-0-593-12166-5
Book - 978-0-593-12167-2
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