Vassa in the Night: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A chilling, gorgeously-written retelling of the Russian folktale "Vassilissa the Beautiful" that plumbs the dark strangeness of the original and pulls from it a strong and compelling humanity.

When Vassa is forced to go to the creepy B. Y.'s, a convenience store that perches atop chicken legs in a parking lot surrounded by heads on stakes, she knows her chances of surviving the trip are small. Yet she manages to outwit Babs, the disturbing proprietress, and her two severed-hand henchmen.

Babs won't let her go easily, though and forces her to agree to work three nights at the store. As Vassa tries to survive for three nights, she becomes aware that Babs is hiding an enormous, awful secret in plain sight.

— Nancy

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“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

STEP INTO THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM OF BROOKLYN, WHERE MAGIC—AND DANGER—LURKS AROUND EVERY CORNER

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 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. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

Praise For…


“With a deft hand, lovely prose, and an eye for details, Porter reworks the Russian story of Vassilissa the Beautiful, setting it in an industrial Brooklyn where magic seeps into the mundane.... the end result is an ethereal, almost dreamlike fairy tale that generates a magic all its own." Booklist, starred review

"In this urban-fantasy take on the Russian folk tale 'Vassilissa the Beautiful,' Porter weaves folk motifs into a beautiful and gripping narrative filled with magic, hope, loss, and triumph." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[E]lements of traditional horror blend well with high-concept fantasy in this surprising and engaging tale.... A must-have for YA urban fantasy collections."School Library Journal, starred review

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