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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Olga loves the stories of the old cartographers and pores over their ancient books and maps, trying to unlock their secrets. Sometimes, she can even feel through the mapsalmost see into them as if by magic.

When the bird army kidnaps Olgas sister, Mira, Olga knows that only she can venture into the Republic of Birds to rescue her. But first, she must unlock her magical
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Text Publishing
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I loved this spicy fantasy with its unusual Russian influences and its clever, cartographer heroine.
Isobelle Carmody

This book has so many things I love: maps, strange magic, living folklore, talking animals, history books, impossible challenges and a redoubtable heroine who mistakenly regards herself as untalented and unlovely, when she is quite the opposite. I couldnt have enjoyed reading this
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Review originally published 2 March 2020 at Falling Letters. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I wavered a lot on what I wanted to include in this review because I accepted a physical copy for review directly from the publisher. People involved in the creation of this book are likely going to read this. But this post is a one way reaction, intended for other readers, not a careful conversation resulting in useful critique. I thought about highlighting
Julia Tulloh Harper
A lovely middle grade story about believing in yourself and caring for others, set in a fantastical (Russian?) province- its magical, wintry, full of yagas, houses on chicken legs, voyants, palaces, sleds and snow. Theres also a big focus on cartography- protagonist Olga is obsessed with maps and they play a big part in the story. Even though Olga goes on a long physical journey, its mostly a story about personal discovery and what it means to love your family even when theyre not perfect. I ...more
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
A Fiery Start in the Ice Cold

We loved Jessica Miller's other middle grade book, Elizabeth and Zenobia, because the relationship between the two girls (one ghost, one real) was slightly creepy and it was just a joy to read. So, when I got a request to read an ARC (advance reader copy, uncorrected proof) of her latest middle grade book, I agreed to read and review it.

The Republic of Birds is an exceptionally grounded story, in that it features all sorts of maps and cartography which 12-year-old
Clare Snow
Jessica Miller's second book is released today!

In other news, I want a Taaaaaarpaaaaaan.

Ok, so I haven't finished reading (3/4 way thru) but I love this magical retelling of Baba Yaga. Chicken-legged houses roam the snow wrapped world and magic is not exactly allowed.

But eating raw onions is??

There's a map of the Russian inspired land where Olga lives, and Birds are at war with people. Olga loves cartography and magic might just help her land her dream job. If only she can save her family from
Kate Church
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rania T
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Text Publishing for letting me have the opportunity to read and review a copy of this novel.

Olga Oblomova feels that she will never be as talented as her sister Mira, or as sophisticated as her actress step-mother Anastasia. But when her family is exiled to the furthest fringes of the Tsardom, she realises that she has the uncanny ability to do things that cannot be discussed in public, lest she is taken away like many other young girls before her. After a petty argument with her
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Misfortune strikes Olgas family when they are exiled to a remote outpost, with her father becoming the new head of the Imperial Centre for Avian Control. Birds are to be feared and magic is forbidden - so when Olga discovers a magical affinity to maps and her younger sister is kidnapped by birds - you just know that its time for an adventure!

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the huts belonging to Yagas and the sensations of Olga discovering maps come alive under her fingertips.

Exciting reimagining with a resourceful protagonist.
Kathleen Dixon
I read Elizabeth and Zenobia just over 3 years ago and reviewed it on < href=" in Goodreads. Recently Text Publishing contacted me - would I like a review copy of Jessica Miller's new book? - and I instantly replied that Yes, I would. You see, some books are ones you don't forget. I read hundreds of books each year ranging from full-length novels in the literary genre, through blockbusters, teen reads, and all ages of children, and sometimes I'm hard ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel had me racing to look up information about the folklore of Baba Yaga and the house on chicken legs that they lived in.
I really enjoyed the story and loved the feisty heroine, her adventures, the references to maps and the message to be true to yourself and trust the skills that you are given.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Thank you for very much to Text Publishing for sending me a copy for review.

What a wonderful middle grade novel! I think I love it more than Elizabeth and Zenobia. It has adventure, family, myth, excellent writing and a main character that you might just fall a bit in love with.

I can't wait to see what Jessica Miller does next.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the beautiful, imaginative and richly detailed world of this book, and its glorious heroine, Olga, who goes on a thrilling adventure to rescue her sister. Filled with Russian folklore, a mysterious bird kingdom, cartography and forbidden magic, this is such a gorgeous book for younger (and older!) readers.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it an awesome fantasy with family and friendship all mixed in.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: qsl-books
A quirky fantasy/magic story. Also a story of family and how everyone has there own strengths, even if they don't know what they are.
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