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Finding Baba Yaga
Finding Baba Yaga | Jane Yolen
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A young woman discovers the power to speak upand take control of her fatea theme that has never been more timely than it is now... You think you know this story. You do not. A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but ahome. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself.... A mythic yet timely novel-in-verse by the beloved and prolific author and poet Jane Yolen, the Hans Christian Andersen of America. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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TieDyeDude
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An interesting and unique read. Basically a book of poems that tell a linear story. So much is conveyed with very few words. Highly recommended one-sitting short novel.

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BekaReid
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“Stories retold are stories remade.“ Jane Yolen takes the characters of the Baba Yaga story, creates a modern family, and tells the story in verse. It's a journey to find one's own voice, strength, and truth. It is beautiful. Magical. And this will definitely be one that I read again and again. So glad I found this one at #readercon last week!

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BekaReid
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Trying to squeeze in a little reading this afternoon on my shady front porch.

monalyisha Hmm I wonder if this is available on audio/how it is. I love novels in verse. 3y
BekaReid @monalyisha it's positively magical! I am enamored and look forward to many rereads. 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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I am so lucky! Thank you for putting a journal in with my LMPBC- I was a total slacker Aletheia and I love Unicorns. Thank you Laura for so much thoughtfulness- I love my edgy and veggie spoon so much! And am so excited about the extra books you sent ❤️❤️❤️❤️I loved our group so much!

TK421 It has been a great book group! You have all been awesome! 3y
cobwebmoth 🤗❤ 3y
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Bookgoil
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I love Jane Yolen and have had the pleasure of meeting her several years ago. I have not read all of her books but always love to discover a new book penned by her. I love this retelling in verse and it‘s so dramatic and beautifully done. Featuring Zeus the handsome #dogsoflitsy

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althaeria
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Intrigued by the story, and I now want to read more about Baba Yaga. Just didn't enjoy reading in verse, haven't read that style before so it was fun to try it out.

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AriThomas
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Quick read i borrowed from work. It's a short, verse novel and i love me some novels in verse!

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kathedron
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Baba Yaga and I go waaay back!
With themes of female friendship, the parent/child relationship, and the power and policing of the spoken word, this offers wit, sadness, poignancy and hope. I thought that choosing to combine the stories of traditional folktale witch/scary godmother and contemporary teenage runaway in poetry, particularly, gave each the space and opportunity to encounter each other and co-exist, enriching one another in the process.

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kathedron
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My reading wrap-up for February.
I had the most magnificent birthday bookhaul, to which the #jbuk Littens made a generous contribution! And then later in the month the Booker Prize shortlisted books that I'd reserved from the library way back in October came through at last. My shelf runneth over.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent! 📖💖 3y
Becker Lovely journal 3y
Suet624 Beautiful work on the journal. 3y
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 3y
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DuckOfDoom
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This was one of my first fantasy books in verse. I really liked it! I still find reading in verse a bit weird - I read quite fast, and I the poetry touches me, and I understand some of the layers in it. But somehow I got the notion (school probably), that you have to analyze everything to get the full meaning. I think that might actually be the wrong way, what do you think about it?

what's your favourite fantasy or sci-fi poetry?

AnansiGirl The only sci-fi poetry I‘ve read so far has been 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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3.5⭐️ Baba Yaga is the russian witch that lives in a house with chicken feet, that moves at her will. But this isn‘t any retelling, in fact, I don‘t think of it as a retelling, more as a companion story. For all intents and purposes this is a fairy tale, even when the book itself is telling you this is not a fairytale. Overall, I liked this book, but am not sure I understand it all.

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TheBookHippie Bahaha 😂😳my grandma used to tell me this story -there's a bunch missing here in this telling . I've yet to find the whole thing in print. The librarian at my daughters college thought it needed to be found in Russian Yiddish !? No idea my grandma heard it from her mom : a French Jewish women who spoke Yiddish ! I should write it down how she told us. 3y
LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie you should. I agree there is a lot! Missing. 3y
4thhouseontheleft Have you read Vassa in the Night? It‘s an urban retelling of The Baba Yaga story. It‘s definitely....strange. (edited) 3y
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft not yet. I have it on my shelf. Baba Yaga isn‘t one of my fav tales anyway. I read this more because it was Yolen. 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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“She sings all daylong, like a demented cuckoo, like a Disney Princess on crack. “

Such a perfectly painted picture.

Lcsmcat 😂 3y
LazyDays Yes!👏🙌🙌 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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Hummmm. But is is disposed to be a fairy tale. This would look good on my wall I think.

LiterRohde Is that like This is not a Pipe? 😳 Sorry. 3y
LibrarianRyan @LiterRohde it is. But also it‘s by. Baba Yago is never considered a “nice” fairy tale. To me it‘s this books way of saying don‘t expect a happy ending. 3y
Itchyfeetreader I really like the look of this. Stacked 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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I was not expecting this books to be in verse but I am enjoying it. This is bout leaving home.

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I can‘t stand foul language. Every once in a while it‘s fine but constant makes me think the person is u read or uneducated even if they are not.

LiterRohde Flip yeah! I flipping hear ya! 😳 Sorry. Again. I do like the idea of it being punctuation. But when they become common, they lose that special something. 3y
LibrarianRyan @LiterRohde I sound like Capt. America in our house. My guy is a corrections officer and ex Army. And Dads a Navy man. When required I can sound like a sailor. It‘s just way too many years spent as a children‘s librarian and working with kids. I‘ve become a vocabulary Freek. So we have “interesting” verbal explosions. 3y
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Megpyre
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I‘m doing pretty much anything I can to not start this book. Not a poetry reader... but Jane Yolen!

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Megpyre
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So, I‘m unreasonably nervous to start this book. As a fantasy reader at an early age Jane Yolen‘s Pit Dragon series was one of my favorites. I‘m not really a poetry reader and I‘m really worried that this book is going to be too deep out of my wheelhouse to love.

BookishMarginalia Good luck! 3y
Megpyre Thanks! I‘m going to make an attempt at the complete Tor.com backlist this year, so I‘m going to be reading a bunch of stuff that isn‘t typically in my wheelhouse. 3y
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scowler1
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Beautiful, I'll probably read this again soon. It's short enough to read in half an hour but better if you take your time with the words or even read it out loud.

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silentrequiem
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Thank you so much, @eyelit!!! I'm really looking forward to reading this. Such a thoughtful #kindlitsy gift. Happy holidays! @kindlitsy

Chrissyreadit Wow! I love Baba Yaga and I love Jane Yolen! So glad to see this book exists. 4y
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MCYmermaid
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File under: Things I‘ve Never Thought to Ask...

julesG 😂 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 4y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Book 5 of #24B4Monday finished.

Baba Yaga is a witch in Russian fairy tales who lives in a house that walk on chicken feet, rewards little girls who work for her (but eats little boys), and flies around in the skies inside a human sized mortar.

If you like weird shit or you like tor.com novellas this is for you. Written in verse - it‘s a short quick read.

RanaElizabeth Tor.com publishing is the best! 4y
Andrew65 Book 5! Well done 😊 4y
Buechersuechtling This book sounds like great fun. I just added it to my Litsy-sub and I‘m very curious when it will cross my way. 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I use the same mug. 😍 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto @GrilledCheeseSamurai It‘s my boyfriends “tea” mug and he gets irritated every time I use it for coffee. 🤣🤣 But it‘s perfect sized for coffee while reading. 4y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Starting book 5 of #24B4Monday with 11 hours in.

CouronneDhiver Ha! You‘re kicking my butt. I‘m trying but there‘s so much going on today (distractions)... 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto @CouronneDhiver I‘ve never made so much progress before! I had started three of the books previously so I just finished them up. 4y
Andrew65 Great going! 5 books, brilliant! 👍😊 4y
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Jen_Reads
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I am starting this one today. It sounds interesting and I‘m fascinated by Baba Yaga.

JenlovesJT47 It‘s weird, I‘ve seen 3 different references to Baba Yaga in unexpected places lately. It‘s a fascinating story (the original children‘s story or whatever it‘s called). 4y
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