The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire

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Once every generation or so, a great wolf called the Blood Prince, who not only devours bodies but also steals souls, stalks the northern forests of Russia. Rumor has it that he has set his sights on the forgettable little village of Miersk. The wolf’s evil runs so deep that past survivors refuse to believe in him, and so it is up to the newest generation, two children named Pasha and Lisette, to save the village. But how can a young boy and girl stop such a beast? This mesmerizing tale draws on Russian folk stories about Vasilissa the Beautiful, Baba Yaga, and the Firebird and is filled with quirky details and memorable characters that could spring only from the imagination of Gregory Maguire. This new edition includes a prologue and is illustrated with striking cut-paper silhouettes.
 

About Gregory Maguire

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Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.
 
Published June 1, 1983 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 118 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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A curious juggling of four Russian legends--the Firebird, Vasilissa the Beautiful, the Blood Prince (a wolf), and Baba Yaga--in a story overpopulated with eccentrics and undermined by detail.

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Based on the Russian folk figure Baba Yaga and Vasilissa, among others, The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire, originally published in 1983, tells of the Blood Prince, a murderous wolf bent on destroying the village of Miersk.

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