Author: Holmes, Sara
Magia and her family live in the shadow of the Puszcza, an ancient and magical forest rich in stories and mysteries, where wolves can talk and read and unwary humans who enter its boundaries never come back--but despite her beautiful voice Magia longs to be a woodcutter like her father and learn the secrets of the Puszcza.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 195618
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 72533
Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/10/17)
The Hornbook (00/11/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 5–8—A metafictional retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." In the Puszcza, an ancient forest with magical roots, fairy tales are real—magicked and crafted into being by a sly Witch. But two characters, Magia, a brave woodcutter's daughter in a red cap; and Martin, a wolf who loves to read and is curious about humans, don't fit their prescribed roles. When Magia's family is threatened, she sets out for the dark forest. Martin does the same after his beloved mother goes missing. The two are on a collision course, but will their stories follow the same old path readers have come to expect? In a heady mix of folklore and fantasy, Holmes offers a meditation on fate, expectations, and the ability of people to determine their own futures. It is also an exploration of stories and the ways story can be used to harm, misinform, and alienate—a timely topic indeed. Flowery syntax and a sprinkling of Polish terms make this a sophisticated read best suited to fantasy and fairy tale lovers with an appreciation for language. VERDICT Unique and challenging, this retelling will be welcomed by fans of Gregory Maguire's Egg and Spoon and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/15/2017 Holmes’ (Operation Yes, 2009) eerie, anachronistic storytelling style is perfectly suited for this postmodern fairy tale pastiche, woven together from several familiar tales. As an omniscient, enigmatic narrator explains, “a story, no matter who makes it, isn’t a series of events plopped hodgepodge on the dinner table. No, these events must be arranged in the right order. Served in courses, if you will.” That arrangement centers around the Puszcza, the mysterious, menacing, and sometimes even magical forest surrounding the tiny village where Magia lives with her family. Magia wants nothing more than to follow in Tata’s (her woodcutter father) footsteps, but when a misunderstood wolf, three meddling pigs, and a scheming witch get their stories crossed, it’s up to Magia to sort everything out. Though it may not be clear at first how all of the pieces fit together, Holmes’ dreamy narrative is not to be missed for fans of fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.