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Anya and the Nightingale

(Anya #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The adventure continues in this exciting sequel to Anya and the Dragon in which a dangerous monster lurks beneath the city and only Anya can keep him from taking her friends’ magic—and their lives. Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: November 10th 2020 by Versify
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I loved the first book about Anya, Ivan and their dragon friend Håkon— and I might love this sequel even more.

The characters are wonderful and endearing, and on top of that there is a male bisexual character who actually gets to have a male love interest (which I found so moving that it might have maybesorta made me tear up). The adventure itself is engaging and described perfectly: vivid, imaginative, and almost cinematic. Plus the book deftly balances screwball humor with darker moments. I'd h
Sara Codair
This was the perfect escape this afternoon! I was happy to be on another adventure with Anya and her friends. They all started out on a mission to save Anya's father and ended up meeting new friends along the way and find their plans changing soon after.

While this story came to an end, there were hints at a sequel. I'm really hoping there is another book because I love there characters.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Anya's adventures with Ivan and Hakon continue. Anya misses her father so much that she is determined to find him and fetch him home, despite being very far away in a war zone. Her friends travel with her, but they are rerouted by Lena, a spirit readers met in the first book. Instead, Anya and company end up in Kiev, facing the Tsar himself and some unexpected challenges. The fictionalized tsarist Russia is an interesting setting for a children's book and Anya's Jewish heritage is a prominent pa ...more
Aimee Lucido
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! I love Anya finding her magic, I love Hakon finding his family, I love Ivan finding his beaux. I just love it so much! It's so fun and adventurous but also heartfelt and sweet, and I *love* all the little bits of Judaism (especially the one at the end, but I won't spoil!!!)

I just, love love love it. Great job!
Tina Athaide
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Books and Net Galley for the e-Arc, which allowed me once again to join Anya and Ivan in the Kingdom of Kievan Rus . Pasternack doesn't disappoint in this exciting sequel to ANYA AND THE DRAGON .

The book opens a years later since a violent Viking terrorized the small village of Zmeyreka and Anya and her friend Ivan saved a friendly dragon from being sacrificed for his magic. Unfortunately, despite their bravery, the kingdom of Kievan Rus still isn't
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series so much!! Anya is such a great hero, and Ivan and Hakon are her perfect sidekicks. She is smart and brave and willing to risk everything for her friends. The combination of Russian Jews and magic brings me such joy. I needed this book as a kid. I'm glad it exists now. Highly recommended to grades 4 & up. Please read the series in order.

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May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the opportunity to read Anya and the Nightingale. It is a wonderful book that middle school and under will enjoy.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Anya and the Nightingale (Anya #2) by Sofiya Pasternack, 416 pages. Versify (Houghton), NOV 2020. $17

Content: G (mild danger)



Anya is determined to travel to Rum to retrieve her father from the danger there. When she and her friends, Ivan, the Fool, and Hakon, the dragon (yes, really a dragon) step through the door presented to them by ibbur, the female ghost that helped Any when Hakon was in trouble, they find themselves outside of Kiev,
Jennifer Sullivan
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a delightful middle-grade fantasy series that features mystical creatures from Jewish mythology. The first book, Anya and the Dragon, was a 2020 Sydney Taylor Award honoree. Set in tenth century Eastern Europe (I am not sure if the countries and regions mentioned are historical fact or fiction), this mostly light-hearted adventure series takes on some serious topics, such as anti-Semitism, persecution, discrimination, and extinction. In the first book, Anya and her friend I ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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I love historical fiction, so I liked the setting, and especially liked the Jewish culture. This took a while to get to the action, much like the first book, and wasn't as exciting as I had hoped. The first book didn't circulate as well as I had hoped. My readers are super picky about the flavor of fantasy that they like; I thought the dragon in the first book would help them get past the historical setting, but it didn't seem to. Take a look at this if you have a lot
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The second book in the series, Anya and her friend, Ivan and the dragon Håkon set off on a new adventure to bring her father back from the war. The adventure doesn’t go as planned the three friends end up in Kiev, where they must keep secrets from the Tsar but still help him with capturing the Nightengale. This story starts a little slow but then the action picks up and reveals a new twist at the end.
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Sofiya Pasternack grew up surrounded by goats, and as an adult pets the neighbor's goats through the fence even though she probably shouldn't. When she’s not working at the hospital, she can be found enjoying Utah’s wild places, teaching her kids to make challah, and defending nice dragons. She should definitely be studying right now. Her debut novel ANYA AND THE DRAGON is kind of about Jewish far ...more

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