Egg & Spoon

{4.5/5} “But children have a hard time imagining dangers they’ve never met before. They turned, with that curiosity to know. An instinct that betrays children and their elders every day of the universe’s long life. Lot’s salty wife on her road, Pandora’s itchy imagination.”

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, published in 2014

Elena is trying to take care of her ill mother, but she an only obtain food by scavenging. her father has been dead for some time, her brother Alexi is in the city, and her brother Luka was forced to join the Tsar’s army. When a train stops in Elena’s village, she discovers a girl, Ekaterina, who’s about her age. Ekaterina talks to Elena each day while the track is being repaired. When the train gets going again Elena and Ekaterina accidentally switch places.

The story involves the Firebird and Baba Yaga.

One section near the end isn’t quite as interesting as the rest, but you’ll want to find out what happens and it ends with a message that everyone needs to hear.

This is the 4th book I’ve read by Maguire. I previously reviewed Mirror Mirror.

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