A child-eating witch,
A girl in search of a home,
A boy who sees magic,
A town with a secret.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read."
—Kirkus, Starred Review
"A sparkling tale full of adventure, magic, and folklore...Imagine Little Orphan Annie crossed with Russian folklore, plunked down in the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, NY, with a dash of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away on top."
—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This book is a splendid mix of traditional Russian folkloric details, magical adventure, and hints of historical fiction."
—The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, Starred Review
I'm Katherine Marsh. I write books about kids. Some are alive. Some are dead. Some lived hundreds of years ago. All of them find themselves in unusual situations and places. Some of them are unusual themselves.
If you've ever wondered about witches, ghosts, the lives of court dwarfs, the power of magic, the invincibility of death, and how (and how not) to care for a fire-breathing horse, then you'll probably enjoy my books. Warning: They may make you laugh. They will almost certainly make you cry.
My third book, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars was a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of 2012 and a Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2012, among other accolades.
The Door by the Staircase is available now from Disney Hyperion. It's a fairy tale adventure story for middle grade readers inspired by Russian folklore. Other influences include my love of cooking and magic acts, my cat Egg, and my family's onetime ownership of a small flock of chickens.
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