Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Castle of Concrete

Sonya is half-Russian, half-Jewish; a hybrid of a girl. A small mouse of a girl. A sh-sh-sh Soviet girl in search of a stronger, braver self.

At fifteen years old, after a childhood of missing her fearless Jewish mother who once wrote anti-Soviet poetry, Sonya reunties with her in Moscow at last. But New Life turns out complicated, when Sonya befriends a nice Jewish boy almost too handsome to behold, while falling hard for an outspoken, fiercely loving Russian patriot who makes her question her own identity in ways no one ever has before.

From Joyce Moyer Hostetter, author of Blue, Comfort and Healing Water:

CASTLE OF CONCRETE is constructed of the finest story materials: complex characters, page-flipping suspense, and exquisite details. All in a troubled historical landscape. The story really kept me reading with pounding heart. It is about so much more than anti-Semitism. It’s about getting into unhealthy relationships and convincing ourselves of what we want to believe. Teens need to read this.”

The novel is represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry Literary + Media.


  1. Can not wait to read this, sounds interesting and moving. Sounds like a book I should have my students read to study Historical Fiction – yes?

    Comment by CMcGowan | January 3, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’m really looking forward to your book, Katia! And I’m honored to have met you in person.

    Comment by Joanne Fritz | September 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Oh, thank you, Joanne. I am just as honored — and I sure hope to see you around at other events!

      Comment by Katia Raina | September 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. I can’t wait to read it! My 12 year old son is interested in mostly WWII but also Soviet Russia, and I’ve had a hard time finding historical novels for him to read about life in the USSR. He loved Saving Zasha but we would love any other recommendations to tide us over until your book comes out! Thank you!

    Comment by Ashley Andras Pease | October 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Ashley, thanks so much for that! Saving Zasha sounds like a great story. Unfortunately, there isn’t much for me to recommend because there isn’t much out there when it comes to stories set in Russia/Soviet Union, not for kids or young adults. Well, except, there is Finding Zasha, a sequel, which is scheduled to be released on January 2013! As for my story, it does have a lot of romance, so I definitely think your son will be okay waiting another year or so :) Thanks again for your kind words!

      Comment by Katia Raina | October 9, 2012 | Reply

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