The Dream Stealer

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

A village of Russian peasants rebuild their homes on a train to flee an evil wolf, only to be saved by a little girl's dream and the knowledge of the witch Baba Yaga.

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"Maguire creates an entire village of crotchety, endearing characters in this highly original novel." THE HORN BOOK GUIDE, Pointer Review Horn Book Guide, Pointer
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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. Only Pasha and Lisette have the courage to fight him off and save their neighbors. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618181889
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the popular author of many books for children, including the Hamlet Chronicles for Clarion, as well as several adult books, including WICKED (HarperCollins), upon which a Broadway musical was based, and its sequel, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER (Regan Books). He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 9, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Albany, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Folklore Enthusiast

    I enjoyed the retelling of this folklore very much. Maguire has a unique way of describing details that we often notice or see in our minds eye, sometimes slightly disturbing, but rarely put to words or describe with the senses. The oftentimes unrealness of reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    not good

    this book didnt interest me very much . it was a well put book but very boring . i didnt like how they put their characterization

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