The Door by the Staircase

The Door by the Staircase

Book - 2016
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Happy to be adopted at last, twelve-year-old orphan Mary Hayes soon learns a terrifying secret about her new mother, the mysterious Madame Z.
Publisher: Los Angeles :, Disney/Hyperion,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423134992
Branch Call Number: J MAR
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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SCL_RiRay Aug 29, 2017

I love the shout-out to Russian folklore and the Russian words scattered throughout. The story is rich, and layered, and the characters are the same. This is a great book for upper elementary fairy-tale and fantasy lovers.

magiimayy Jul 10, 2017

Started to pick up around halfway through the book, but the ending was fantastic!

Ms_Gaye May 12, 2016

Imagine being adopted by Baba Yaga! Could you trust that she wouldn't eat you? Exciting, mysterious, and adventurous. Grades 4-8

Orphan Mary Hayes finds herself surrounded by magical beings from Russian folklore -- the scariest is Madame Z, who wants to "adopt" her! Fans of fairy tales will enjoy this twist on the originals.


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cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 25, 2016

"A wish! Don't you know wishes always backfire unless you make them come true yourself?" -Madame Z to Mary

cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 25, 2016

Madame Z sighed deeply. "I am afraid we are a family that plays with its food."

cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 25, 2016

"Sewing," Madame Z said with a dismissive wave of the hand. "Nothing to it. But weaving! What is life but warp and weft?"

cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 25, 2016

As Mary peered up at the night sky, she realized that she wanted a home so badly that she was willing to face down a witch for it.

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May 23, 2019

maroon_wolf_341 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 17

Jan 05, 2017

yellow_penguin_554 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 25, 2016

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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