A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker

A Question of Magic

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...


Details A Question of Magic

TitleA Question of Magic
ISBN9781599908557
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 2013
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Magic, Romance
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Reviews A Question of Magic

  • The Winter Rose
    1970-01-01
    I'm a huge fan of Slavic mythology so I was excited to read this one when I saw the description. A girl gets transformed into being the next Baba Yaga? I'm in! However, while the concept was interesting, the execution was disappointing.The basic story is that young Serafina gets a letter from a long lost aunt informing her that she has an inheritance which she must come to collect. When Serafina shows up, she discovers that the "inheritance" is a...
  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    1970-01-01
    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 Yaga.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 ...
  • Camille Adams
    1970-01-01
    It was a cool read. Wih this myth, there exists the potential to take a story about Baba Yaga much further than was done herein. Thus, just okay.
  • E.L.
    1970-01-01
    A passive heroine who did very little throughout the entire story, who just sat back and let events happen to her, a hero we barely saw at all (and who had far more exciting adventures, off-page, than anything that happened on-page), and a cast of characters who remained shadowy throughout. I love Slavic fairy tales and folklore, and the Baba Yaga is one of those fascinating, eerie characters who both thrills and chills you. Alas, this story had ...
  • Suzanne
    1970-01-01
    Serafina follows the instructions she receives in a letter from her great-aunt, telling her how to collect her inheritance. Little does she know, she has inherited the job of being Baba Yaga! She has no control over her ability to answer questions truthfully for people, even when she is kidnapped an forced to answer questions so that others may charge for her services and get rich. Her travels in the hut on chicken legs carry her throughout the s...
  • GaiasWonderland
    1970-01-01
    "She couldn't even tell them about her day-to-day life when that was so beyond anything they could understand."This was a simple, yet entertaining read. I liked this retelling of Baba Yaga as it is quite different to The Door by the Staircase. In The Door by the Staircase we actually get to meet the real Baba Yaga but in this story, the real one, is already gone. There are though new Baba Yaga's, as they are taking over the role from the first ...
  • Beyond the Pages
    1970-01-01
    This is very much the kind of book that gets my imagination going, and that is a good thing. From the cover of the book to the premise of the story, my attention was captured. The way that the author weaved the story was superb! I loved everything about it. She drew me in with her word pictures, leaving an air of mystery at every angle. Excellent!!! This one is truly a keeper for those of us who adore magic, fantasy, and of course romance. I rece...
  • Cristen
    1970-01-01
    Seraphina receives a letter from an unknown relative speaking of an inheritance. She soon discovers that she is the next Baba Yaga - a magical being who must answer truthfully one question from anybody who asks - but only one question per person. She is a charming story with a good premise - I just wish the story went past one book.
  • Nani
    1970-01-01
    Another great book by E.D. Baker.
  • Alyssa Marie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. It was really cute! Not one of my favorites, but cute all the same!
  • Audrey
    1970-01-01
    Une réecriture de conte…L’auteure nous propose une réécriture de conte qui met en scène une figure traditionnelle des contes russes et plus généralement slaves, Baba Yaga. Je connaissais vaguement ce personnage pour l’avoir découvert enfant, mais je n’en gardais pas un grand souvenir.J’ai donc effectué quelques petites recherches sur cette sorcière ce qui m’a permis de constater que si l’auteure nous offre sa propre version...
  • Celestial
    1970-01-01
    I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't quite certain at first but this book completely drew me in. I think this book is a mixture of something Diane Zahler or Patricia C. Wrede would write, along with some of Howl's Moving Castle. This book is basically similar to a lot of my favorite fantasy authors/book. I love the story. Serafina was a very likeable character as well as all her friends. I love each character, and they fit into the book and st...
  • Susie
    1970-01-01
    A cute vague introduction and interpretation of the Baba Yaga legend. Really well done with characters (quirky sidekicks for days). The quick conflicts and resolutions keep the story going at a steady pace and the over-arcing conflict that connects the whole thing was well-introduced and resolved effectively. Over all, an enchanting little book and an interesting concept.
  • Sean Harding
    1970-01-01
    Whatever the question of magic may be, the answer in this case is exceedingly dull. It was just not a book that I as the reader ever felt involved in or a part of. It was uninteresting and at no point was it compelling to me. I persisted and got over the line, but it was tough going for such a short read really.
  • K.L
    1970-01-01
    3.5I loved E.D Bakers series "The Frog Princess" as a pre-teen/young teen. This completely took me back to those days, what with the hilarious talking skulls and snarky cat, all things I loved back when I was younger. If this book was published 6 years ago, I would have been obsessed. It is a little juvenile, and tastes are quite different now, but it's a fun book.
  • Jasmin
    1970-01-01
    An amazing book about an innocent girl Serafina that receives a letter from her long lost aunt. And she becomes the new Baba Yaga. It has an amazing story line and it's perfect for people that love fantasy and myths like me
  • Shawna Hufendick
    1970-01-01
    It was a cute read aloud and my girls liked it ...I thought plot wise there were some parts of the story that were kind of random and the pace of the story unfolding was uneven--some slow parts and then a million things happened at once at the end
  • Sugarrr
    1970-01-01
    This was a short little book I found entertaining. A lot more could have been done with the story and I did feel like something was missing because we don't get to meet and talk to the original Baba Yaga but it was still a good book.
  • Nicole
    1970-01-01
    This book was very different than any I have ever read. I was kind of grossed out by the slulls and bones at the start of the book, but by the end I love them as characters in the book. I loved Fina and really cared for her character. What an interesting story and a fun read.
  • Angelina Zheng
    1970-01-01
    I think this was an awesome book, and I loved reading it so much. I was so caught into the book, that it didn't take me so long to finish.
  • Duffy
    1970-01-01
    Read with my daughter. Meh...
  • E
    1970-01-01
    This is the first time I've ever seen a story inspired by Baba Yaga! The book was original, creative, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • Ryan Thalman
    1970-01-01
    Read this outloud to my six-year old.
  • Jo-ann Albano
    1970-01-01
    Good light read. First time I was introduced to the Baba Yaga myth 👍
  • Heather Goralski
    1970-01-01
    The imagination of this author just creates the most delightful stories and characters and I can never put them down !
  • Rachel Boling
    1970-01-01
    Another great kids book from E. D. Baker.
  • Rachel Bergquist
    1970-01-01
    :)
  • Daria
    1970-01-01
    Super interesting!Loved the storyline, a book I could not put down
  • Briana
    1970-01-01
    This review is also posted at Pages Unbound Book Reviews.E. D. Baker is already well-known and loved for her middle grade fairy tale retellings (most notably The Frog Princess), but she takes her work in an entirely new direction with this spin on Baba Yaga. I love unusual fairy tale retellings, and this one definitely fits the bill; it’s the only Baba Yaga story I’ve ever read! It helps, of course, that E. D. Baker writes it beautifully and ...
  • Anya
    1970-01-01
    A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker is a middle grade retelling of the Baba Yaga legend and it is just too cute! I’m a fan of wittiness in normally inanimate objects, so talking skulls that bit unwanted neighbors and liked to get polished was just awesome. A Question of Magic seemed to tell an interesting spin on the Baba Yaga legend, though I’m no expert. I enjoyed the historic but still fantastical feel, and A Question of Magic is solidly and...