4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
A mixture of Russian folklore and American fantasy, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends by L.B. O’Milla is an interesting novel filled with adventure and friendships. Written in the third person perspective, the story is told through various characters.
Little Yaga lives with her grandmother, Big Yaga, in a hut on a chicken leg located in the Enchanted Forest. She is often teased by the other inhabitants of the forest who are known as the Foresters. Unlike all of the Foresters, Little Yaga does not have a bony leg. While on her way to school one day, Little Yaga comes across a human girl named Ashley who had gotten lost and ended up in the Enchanted Forest. Little Yaga knew that any human stuck in the Enchanted Forest would be taken by Scraggard the Immortal, who is the ruler of the Forest. She agrees to help out Ashley and manages to bring her safely back home. However, Scraggard learns of what she has done and forces her, along with her friend Kikimra, to kidnap Ashley from her birthday party. Having no choice but to follow his command, they go back to the human world. Little Yaga decides not to kidnap Ashley, but Scraggard still manages to snatch Ashley away. Will Little Yaga and her friends find and rescue Ashley or is Ashley doomed to be stuck in the Enchanted Forest with Scraggard forever?
Although the book is under the young adult genre, I feel like the book is more suited for children and teens. From the way the book was written and the simple dialogue between the characters, I find that teens rather than young adults would connect more to the story. The struggles of fitting in with peers and building friendships are just a couple of themes from the book that I know teens and older kids can relate to. Moreover, there are also illustrations at the end of some chapters which can help with visualizing the story.
Not only were the characters relatable, but they also had distinctive personalities. I liked how even the normally non-living things like houses and clocks were brought to life with personalities of their own. I found the mixture between Russian fables and modern American elements to be a unique, but interesting twist. Although I am not familiar with Russian folklore, I found myself wanting to know more about Russian folklore after reading this book.
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The mix between fantasy and folklore added a unique twist to story and made this book a captivating read. I would recommend this book to kids from ages twelve and up, especially to those who like to read adventure stories.
Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon
Like ZenaLei7's review? Post a comment saying so!