The Door by the Staircase

The Door by the Staircase

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423134992
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 873,766
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Katherine Marsh is the Edgar Award?winning author of The Night Tourist, The Twilight Prisoner, and Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. She grew up in New York with her Russian grandmother who lovingly prepared many of the dishes in this book. Katherine currently lives in Brussels, Belgium with her husband and two children. Visit her online at

Kelly Murphy is an award-winning illustrator working predominantly with traditional and mixed media. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, she has illustrated a number of books for children, including Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck and the New York Times bestseller Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Visit Kelly online at

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The Door by the Staircase 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book is an imaginative use of a classic Russian character, Baba Yaga. It is a combination of fantasy, supernatural and folklore using the theme of orphan who is unwanted, finally finds a family and earns their love. It also develops the theme of young children who are loners, finally finding a friend and being willing to do whatever they need to help them. The book begins with Mary trying to escape the orphanage. Her mother and brother died in a fire while Mary, who had snuck out to the fire escape to read a book her brother had given he, survived. She was moved to an orphanage which she dislikes very much. The woman running it is mean, cheap and does not like Mary. When Mary finally escapes the building using the chimney, she is trapped by a whirlwind who wakes Mrs. Boots. Mary is dragged back inside, miserable. The next day, an old woman arrives at the orphanage and wants to adopt Mary. Mrs. Z, a Russian lady, promises to feed and take care of Mary.Mary happily leave the orphanage with nothing but her book and the clothes on her back. Mary's new home is located at the edge of a town called Iris. It is a town full of charlatans who perform "magic" for tourists. Madame Z tells Mary to steer clear of them or she will be taken, but she meets and develops a friendship with a young boy named Jacob. Madame Z on the other hand, appears to have real magic. She has a house that is alive, a talking cat, a flying fire-breathing horse and a flying mortal and pestle.Mary and Madame Z have a comfortable relationship, but something seems to be wrong. With the help of her new friend Jacob, they uncover the truth and have to save not only Baba Yaga/Madame Z, but the town and woods around the town. I had a few minor issues with this book. The first is that the book starts off strong, but then starts to drag a bit. DO NOT stop, because the ending is fantastic. I am also not sure about he title. Yes there is a door by the staircase, but it is really not the main point of the story and was rather misleading. Having said that, the way the author developed the relationships between the characters was exceptional. There was nothing force, but it was allowed to develop naturally. The villian was not unveiled until near the end and it was quite exciting. Overall a good read, but remember if it gets slow, do not give it. A great Middle Grades book that should be in all school and classroom libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.