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Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
From author L. B. O'Milla comes an exciting new adventure classic with an unforgettable combination of American fantasy elements and Russian folklore.

Little Yaga lives with her old hag of a grandmother in a house on top of a chicken leg, deep within the Enchanted Forest. Little Yaga would have enjoyed her life if she weren't troubled by her own appearance. While all the ot
Published April 20th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Turn to me your front and to the Forest your back.”

New Jersey author L. B. O’Milla comes to her gift of melding fantasy, mythology, magic and adventure into young adult and juvenile fiction with a history to note: she was born in Kiev, Ukraine and when her family was forced to leave to escape religious persecution she followed her goal to prepare for a career in journalism and creative writing, and after obvious fine training she presents THE ADVENTURES OF LITTLE YAGA AND HER FRIENDS –and an a
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend!
This book is so much fun to read. It is witty, funny, has many twists and turns keeping you in suspense. It is a very entertaining read for all ages. My husband and I read it with great pleasure. Our 15 y.o. daughter enjoyed it so much that, as soon as she had finished it, she asked if there was a sequel available to continue. I sure hope that there will be one soon.
Pamela Gossiaux
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magical Forest People and Urban Human Teens Mix in This Fun Fantasy for Middle-Graders

In a world where kids send “leaves” whooshing back and forth in the forest as their “texts,” one can’t help but fall in love with Little Yaga, the main character in O’Milla’s tween fantasy, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends.

Little Yaga wants to be different – that is, she wants to look like the other forest dwellers, instead of having her too-human legs and fang-less teeth. As she tries to fit in, she i
Susan Bissell
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a fun and imaginative book for kids that are in middle school. One word of caution it is over 400 pages so I don't think little would really stay with this story unless they are advanced readers. Some parts are a little scary, so I think some young children might get nightmares from this story. The story is about Little Yaga who lives with her old grandmother in a house on top of a chicken leg deep in an enchanted forest. For Little Yaga she is different for all the other forest kids who ...more
John J.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a young boy, I was sensitive and skinny, so I was bullied often. I often felt ostracized and alienated. Many times I simply felt picked on and persecuted. Today, it is reported that bullying on social media is rampant. Some adolescents are driven to suicide. It is a huge problem.

New Jersey author L.B. O'Milla, author of the "The Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends" was forced, with her family, to leave her place of origin in Kiev, Ukraine, because of religious persecution. So she is nat
Susan Keefe
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical story about a very special girl called Little Yaga, who belongs to an extraordinary race of forest people. Little Yaga lives with her grandmother, Big Yaga, in a special hut, deep in a mysterious forest ruled by the evil Scraggard the Immortal.

The forest folk keep away from humans, you see although they look similar at first glance, they are different, and besides humans smell funny. It is this strange smell which first alerts Little Yaga to the presence of a human girl called
Naomi Wilson
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
"This is not Google's Earth; this is Scraggard's Forest."

Little Yaga is a bit different from the rest of the magical, monstrous Forresters. She doesn't have a boney leg or sharp fangs, and she can't roar or blow smoke as well as they can either. One day she upsets Scraggard, the ruler of the Forresters, by helping a human girl escape. After he captures the human girl again, Little Yaga and her friends, including a couple of human boys, team up to save her using a combination of Forrester magic a
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received my copy of Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends from a Goodreads' giveaway. I enjoyed reading the book though I found the beginning not as interesting as the second half of the book. I think the book is meant for young readers but not sure they would be that interested. I will have to try it on my grandsons. Once the town people got caught up in the forest things really moved along. The reluctant acceptance of differences between the foresters and town people is a valuable lesson ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recevied a complimentary copy.

A child's book, that any age can enjoy especially if you still have the imagination and little spark for fantasy. It is well written so that the reader can really delve into the story. It does not have an extreme pace and most children will either enjoy reading this or being read to. It is a very thick book so plan on spending time with it because you will not want to break in between once it picks up.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an imaginative fantasy filled with lots of action and mythical experiences. It is an interesting mix of old folklore and current technology that creates an exciting adventure. With its messages of friendship, loyalty, accepting differences in others and its lack of offensive violence, I would rate it a good choice for the tween reader. I suspect that we will be seeing more of Little Yaga and her cohorts.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Lesley Ellis
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun. Lots of giggles, witty and good twists too. Though this book is aimed at children in middle school, I think adults will enjoy it too – I sure did – and my 17 year old daughter has now started reading it.

I think you can go far with the characters here – so I’m hoping that this will be made into a series. I would recommend this book.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was pleased to have won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

A very enjoyable book that would suit both the young and not so young alike. I am glad that I decided to read it before passing it on to my granddaughter and can highly recommend.
Alicia Huxtable
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Surprisingly this book was quite amusing. I entered the Goodreads Giveaway for my daughter but thought I would read it first, and I'm glad I did. I found it hard to put down. Definately a book the kids will love.
Leann Mary
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this cute self published book that I got at bookcon today. I really liked it. It was a fun story about a witch who doesn’t fit in the forest and her quest to save a human friend being held by a mean ruler.
Eric Svetnikov
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Yaga and Her Friends is a book for the modern intellectual. Not only does it have an entrancing and captivating story, but it is also rich with wisdom that everybody can learn from. Accepting those that are 'different,' staying true to your friends and values, and even learning how to ride a Segway are just some of the valuable lessons that the book masterfully incorporates behind well written prose. With Eastern European cultural influence and playful illustrations, this novel is sure to ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about adventures of little Yaga. I was growing up in Russia where fables about scary, old witch Baba Yaga knows every child. It was very interesting to follow the new magical story and I would love to read another book about little Yaga.

Terry Pearson
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy in a giveaway .

What a fun but lengthy childrens book. Give yourself an imaginary vacation.

I rated it 4.2 stars
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Very enjoyable Russian folk tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the characters. It is so entertaining with relateable characters. I think this would be a great teaching tool for any teen or young adult as it deals with the issues many of them face (peers, friendship, jealousy). A+
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enter a rich and enchanting world as you read The Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends. From a magical forest to the technological splendors of our modern world L. B O’Milla reminds us once again that what looks different on the outside shares much of the same within. A celebration of diversity, this story sets us on a journey of teamwork, kindness, and heroism that can only be possible through the open mind and acceptance.  Little Yaga’s differences make her stand out in the Forest. Howeve ...more
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YA Fantasy 1 4 Mar 09, 2018 10:14AM  
L.B. O’Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and loved to read and write from an early age. When she was 26 years old, she with her husband and daughter fled the country escaping the ethnic and religious persecution. She arrived to America as a refuge.
In the US, O'Milla graduated from NYU and worked as a physical therapist while raising her family, but she never gave up her love of writing. Having grow