Julia Gousseva
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Julia Gousseva

Julia Gousseva has been writing since she was a little girl in Moscow, Russia, when her grandmother gave her an old leather-bound journal with yellowed pages. The first half of the journal was filled with stories and poems that her grandmother wrote when she was still in school. "Now, it's your turn to continue writing stories," she said.

Years later, Julia revised and published some of the stories she wrote in that journal as "Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood," a collection of short stories that portray a magical and innocent time oblivious to political regimes and problems. Her grandmother, a typical Russian babushka, is a prominent character in the book. Babushka is taking care of children, of her beloved red roses, and is proper in all respects. Thus, when the two little girls in her care end up in a precarious situation in the middle of Gorky Park, babushka has to compose herself before taking decisive action.

Julia was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, and even today Russia remains a mystery not only to the West, but to its own people as well. Julia's history professors referred to Russia as a country with unpredictable past because every time a new leader came to power, all history books were revised and rewritten. Many of Julia's stories are set against the backdrop of Russia's dramatic history.

In addition to being a writer, Julia teaches a variety of critical thinking, critical reading, and writing classes. She loves Russian literature, especially Russian folklore and its unique characters: Baba Yaga the Russian Witch, the magical Firebird, Leshi the Woodsprite, and many others. To help today's kids enjoy the ancient wisdom of Russian fairy-tales, Julia wrote Adventures of Alex and Katie series where two American kids travel into the world of Russian fairy-tales through a magical fireplace.

Julia and her family live in the American Southwest.

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Best Sellers

    • Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood

    • Short Stories
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    This collection of stories portrays everyday experiences of a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful joy to the senses

    • By kwadzana on 03-12-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Grandma Witch: Adventure Four

    • Adventures of Alex and Katie Series
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In Grandma Witch: Adventure Four, Alex and Katie embark on a journey to rescue a little girl from the three-headed dragon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enchanting story and a brilliant vocal performance

    • By kwadzana on 10-18-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Firebird: Adventure One

    • Adventures of Alex and Katie, Book 1
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Instead of traveling to Russia with mom and dad, 10-year-old Alex and his nine-year-old sister Katie are stuck in a creepy old house with their weird Aunt Karina....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lighter, happier take on Russian fairy tales

    • By Adam B Crafter on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Tall Tales for Short People

    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Tall Tales for Short People will make you laugh, dream, and time travel. This collection of short stories is for kids ages four to eleven....

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Lollipop

    • Adventure Two (Book #2 in Adventures of Alex and Katie series)
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    A young man named Emelya is imprisoned by an evil tsar. Alex and Katie rush to the rescue....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful narration of a fun story!

    • By Al-Khemet Book Club on 01-16-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Gray Shadows

    • Russian Bodyguard, Book 1
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    They live a life of danger, sacrifice, and bravery. They die saving others but get no fame, no medals, and no solemn ceremonies. They are…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • North of Siberia there is crime, too!

    • By Jan on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Snowdrops

    • Adventures of Alex and Katie, Book 3
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    It's a warm June morning at Aunt Karina's house, but the air suddenly turns cold. Thick, white snowflakes are falling down and covering the ground. Ten-year-old Alex is surprised and delighted....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kids loved it

    • By William B. Martin on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Cinderella and Her Prince

    • Adventures of Alex and Katie, Book 5
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Alex and Katie have to help Cinderella find her Prince who disappeared during an afternoon horseback ride....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing narration!

    • By Warrior Princess on 11-23-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Nutcracker and the Christmas Spirit: Adventure Six

    • Adventures of Alex and Katie, Book 6
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Alex and Katie are on a new adventure: they need to save the Nutcracker and the princess from an evil spell. They step through the magical painting and enter a snowy town on Christmas Eve. They see a sleigh and an elderly man in a long coat delivering gifts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Christmas story!

    • By Warrior Princess on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Anya's Story

    • Anya Series, Book 1
    • By: Julia Gousseva
    • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Even when Russia is thrown into political turmoil and economic hardships...Anya believes that love will persevere. Then, life takes an unexpected turn, and Anya has to face deceit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent young adult novel highly recommended

    • By Vickie on 12-01-16

    Regular price: $14.95

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