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Summary

The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans - especially witches - but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga. 

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf's keen nose for a secret plan she's brewing... Before Zima knows what's happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga's hut - and Baba Yaga's body! 

Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch's help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga's form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all. 

"Karah Sutton has crafted a vivid and rollicking adventure that proves a wolf doesn't have to be big or bad to win the day!" (Rosanne Parry, New York Times best-selling author of A Wolf Called Wander)

©2020 Karah Sutton (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"An elegant fairy tale retelling that feels both classic and fresh, A Wolf for a Spell beautifully explores the power of generosity, the many ways to be brave, and the magic of finding your own pack. This book is beautiful.” (Anne Ursu, award-winning author of The Lost Girl)

"Those who have never before ventured into the deep, dark magic of Baba Yaga’s hut will find themselves entranced by Sutton’s engaging style and imagination." (Sofiya Pasternak, award-winning author of Anya and the Dragon)

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  • 16-12-20

Loved the narration!

Remarkable. Great story and storytelling. Loved the reader's ability to differentiate between all the characters in the story. Perfect listen for our family. Kids especially loved her Raven's voice and couldn't wait till the character comes back. Perfect gentleness in the narrators voice for Zima's character and then a deep raspy, breathy sound in the Witch’s voice was priceless. Kids would rewind just to listen to it again. The slight accent brings mystery in the enchanting world of the forrest. So perfect - the narrator keeps surprising with her amazing vocal range. We would listen to it again just to hear the characters speak. The story has a great message, teaches respect for animals and nature. Empowering. Hope to see more stories and performances like this.