AR level: none yet
Grade appropriate:4th and up
Overall: 4/5-- Very scary. If you go into it expecting that it might not be quite the shock. It catches you completely off guard.
Creativity: 4/5-- a retelling of the Baba Yaga tale.
Characters: 5/5-- I loved Mary from the beginning. She’s a survivor. When she decides she’d rather risk Baba Yaga than be alone again, it breaks your heart. And Jacob is the friend we all wish we had had growing up.
Appeal to kids: 4/5-- I think if it is marketed as scary it will be a hit.
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
Violence: mild-- Baba Yaga is a witch who eats children so the imagery there is disturbing, but in the end she’s not the worst villain. There’s someone worse.