I really like this book. It’s a fun twist on the Russian folk tale Baba Yaga, a witch who eats children that stray in the forest. It was one of the first books I read by this author, and it turned me into a E. D. Baker FanGirl. I can relate to Serafina’s inquisitive and curious nature (Confession: it’s gotten me into trouble a couple of times, just like her), so that made me love the book even more. I like how Mrs. Baker turns Baba Yaga into something original and includes lots of magical creatures, like fairies, witches (obviously), and even a giant!!
Without further ado, here’s the post:
Short snippet from A Question of Magic:
I am sure you have never heard of me, but I am your great-aunt Sylanna from your Grandmother Yanamaria’s side. I am writing to inform you of the inheritance that I intend to leave you. This inheritance is of great importance and will change your life forever. Should you be interested in this bequest, come to the town of Mala Kapusta on the next market day. At nine o’clock that night, go to the house located at the westernmost edge of the town, past the Bialy Jelen tavern.
Looking forward to your arrival,
Your great-aunt Sylanna.”
Serafina is a young girl who lives in the town of Kamien Dom. She lives a quiet life. She has her family, she has Alek, and she is very content. One day, however, she gets a letter from an unknown great-aunt, who summons her to receive something that will supposedly change her life. She travels to Mala Kapusta and finds a chicken house, a talking cat, a fence of skulls, and a crazy new life that is forced upon her. Only with the help of a few new friends can she escape this overwhelming destiny.
I believe the message for this book is to never give up, even when things seem tough. In A Question of Magic, Serafina begins to accept her new life, but she never gives up hope, no matter how crazy it gets. She has her moments, but because she believes she will be free someday she is able to escape and go back to her normal life. If she didn’t search for a way out, she never would have found one. I think that that is an important lesson for all of us.
I have found A Question of Magic at most libraries I look. You can also buy A Question of Magic on Amazon.
In this book blue rose tea is one of the things Serafina needs to be able to go home. Keeping that in mind, I give this book…
This book is great for girls ages eight and up. Clean and funny, it makes an amazing read!