Vassa in the Night (Hardcover)

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If you like your fairy tale retellings to be smart, humorous, and well-written - and don't mind a bit of gore on the side - this modern day reworking of Vasilisa the Beautiful & Baba Yaga will be right up your alley!

— From Vassa in the Night, by Sarah Porter


"A dark, thoroughly modern fairy tale crackling with wit and magical mayhem." --Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone

"An enchantingly twisted modern fairy tale, perfect for those who prefer Grimm to Disney. Inventive, darkly magical, and beautifully written, it will stay with me for a long time." -- Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns


A powerful and haunting tale for teen fans of urban fantasy, fairy tales, magic, and horror who enjoy books by Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, Catherynne Valente, and V. E. Schwab.

When Vassa's stepsister sends her out to buy lightbulbs in the middle of the night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters--and sometimes innocent shoppers as well.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and ferocious cunning. With Erg's help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch's curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won't be playing fair....

- YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
- Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
- Booklist Youth Top 10 SF/Fantasy Selection
- Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year Selection
- Kansas Reading Circle Selection

About the Author

Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and freelance teacher who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. She is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night--all for the teen audience. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765380548
ISBN-10: 0765380544
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English