Three witches, two children, one ogre -- and nowhere to run.


It's 1919, but in Edenfall, Pennsylvania, the Great War is not over -- not for Vasilisa, at least. Papa is presumed dead on the fields of Flanders, Mama is being courted by an absolute ogre, and now Babka, her beloved grandma, has had a bad spell. Or has she fallen under one? Only the Old Tales, the Russian fables Vasilisa was raised on, offer any comfort or counsel.


But what if they are more than child's tales?


Enter Ivan, who jumps a train for Edenfall at midnight and finds Vasilisa in a real fix. Old Rus is calling from across time and both worlds, and if they heed the call, they might both get what they want. It won't be easy. Three witches, two children, one ogre - they're outnumbered and outclassed. Baba Yaga and Old Koschei are after the same thing -- and each other -- and the children are caught in the crosshairs. Vasilisa has a secret weapon, in the humblest of guises, but will the meek truly inherit the earth? Or will the mighty prevail? One thing is certain: it's a fairy tale of their own making, a tale whose happy ending is ever in doubt.


"In this series opener, Mathison offers two intriguing settings from history and myth, both with their own spooky mysteries, hardships, helpers, and villains...A story that richly integrates a fairy tale, history, and a coming-of-age quest." - Kirkus Reviews

Vasilisa by Julie Mathison

  • Starr Creek Press 2021

    New paperback

    310 pages

    Ages 9-12

1 N. Lombardy St.

Richmond, VA 23220


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