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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Maguire’s exhilarating tale of a Russia beset by floods and witnessing the possible death of magic, myth bleeds into folk tale, fairy tale, and history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A riveting, funny, richly detailed make-believe from celebrated Wicked author Maguire, Egg & Spoon is a Russian prince-and-pauper story turned on its head, replete with mistaken identities and fanciful journeys. The best parts involve fairy-tale creatures, most notably Baba Yaga, the wickedest witch you’ll ever have the pleasure of crossing. Entirely charming, this begs to be read aloud.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “The author weaves a lyrical tale full of magic and promise, yet checkered with the desperation of poverty and the treacherous prospect of a world gone completely awry. Egg & Spoon is a beautiful reminder that fairy tales are at their best when they illuminate the precarious balance between lighthearted childhood and the darkness and danger of adulthood.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Maguire, a veteran writer of reimagined traditional tales for a new world, jauntily explores themes no less profound than hunger and satiety, class and influence, and the sharing of resources in a world wracked by climate change…This is an epic rich with references, aphorisms, and advice. An ambitious, Scheherazade-ian novel, rather like a nesting-doll set of stories, that succeeds in capturing some of the complexities of both Russia and life itself.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Michael Page creates two girls—an earnest and believable Elena and a youthful, cultured Ekaterina…Page especially shines as the story’s narrator. The character may be unreliable, but we believe his aged and patrician voice and hang on to his every measured word as he challenges us to ponder the nature of fate. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Although Cat and Elena’s burgeoning friendship and determination make for a heartening story, it’s Maguire’s Baba Yaga, full of irreverent anachronisms and a salty attitude, who steals the show.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 for Teens
  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Teen Fiction Narration
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