Book Talk | Finding Baba Yaga: a novel in verse

Book Talk | Finding Baba Yaga: a novel in verse


You think you know this story / You do not. So those are the first two lines in Jane Yolen’s
newest novella, Finding Baba Yaga: a novel in verse. Now this story follows a teenager named Natasha. And Natasha comes from a very abusive and
controlling household. But one day she finds the courage to run away
from home. And she ends up in this magical world of Baba
Yaga. Now, when she’s with the witch, Baba Yaga,
she doesn’t only learn how to do chores and how to microwave boys. She really learns about surviving abuse and
female empowerment, the importance of female spaces and female friendships, and, maybe
most importantly, she learns the power of words. Now, this whimsical novel is intended for
people in grades seven, all the way up to grade 12. But of course it can be enjoyed by just about
any adults as well. As I mentioned before, it is written in verse,
and so it is chalk full of metaphors. And so it’s one of those novellas you can
really read over and over again and get something new out of it each time. If you’re looking for somethings just a little
bit spooky but not necessarily scary for this Halloween season, I would suggest picking
up Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen. It is only about 131 pages and, as I said,
written in verse, so it’s something that you can get through pretty quickly and it should
be a nice read for this holiday season. Now, if you are looking for some more reimaginings
or retellings of Baba Yaga, I would recommend Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter or Egg
& Spoon by Gregory Maguire. If you’re looking for more books about surviving
abuse from parents, I would recommend, The Golden Compass which is a movie, or The Dangerous
Art of Blending in by Angelo Surmelis. And if you’re looking for more books about
teenagers that run away from home, I would recommend Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro,
or End of the F***ing World which is a TV series. And lastly, if you’re looking for two books
about the power of words, I would recommend the graphic novel Bezkamp by Samuel Sattin,
or Final Draft by Riley Redgate. And that’s all for today everyone, thank you
so much for listening. Go pick up Jane Yolen’s Fining Baba Yaga:
a novel in verse, today. And I’ll talk to you later, bye.

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