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The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire
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Jul 05, 2010

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bookshelves: adventure, fairy-tale, legend, tween, mid-elementary
Read in January, 2009

I've enjoyed Russian folklore and fairy tales since I took a few language classes in college, and this does not disappoint. There's nothing like a dream-eating wolf, a witch in a hut on chicken legs, and a village of both skeptics and the superstitious. Of course, it's the children who ultimately discover how to save their village. It's exciting to me to see Russian legends take form in America.
Kids who like fairy tales and fantasy will enjoy this, especially if they get into the gorier elements. Think Hansel and Gretel and the Three Little Pigs. It's all about survival in this tale. This would mesh really well with some of the more traditional folktales about Vasilissa the Beautiful or Baba Yaga.
Some scary elements.

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