I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) – particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It’s a real page turner and beautifully told.
Blurb (from Good Reads):
All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with.
But that’s tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It’s even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties–and no playmates that stick around for more than a day.
So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it’s up to Marinka to find her–even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife.
With a mix of whimsy, humor, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.
Wow what a fantastic read! Sophie Anderson had me hooked from the start with this wonderful story inspired by Slavic folklore and oozing with the magic of tales of old
Marinka is such a loveable character, filled with complexity and real emotion. Riding with her and her Baba in their house with chicken legs is such a perfect way to escape our often (especially now) very stationary lives. And a house as a character! What a wonderful thing – it really evoked such warmth; the warmth of home. Which was also helped by Baba – of Baba Yaga fame and Marinka’s grandmother. I wanted to taste her fabulous food and lose myself in one of her hugs. Every character seemed so full of life, it was a joy to return to the world of this book each evening.
Marinka’s hopes and wishes are so tangible and I really wanted to see her fulfil them. I cringed at her bad choices and willed her to find her way. Anderson’s writing is vivid and immediate, and truly carried me into the places of her tale. I could smell the Slavic dishes, feel the heat of the desert and the icy chill of the glass mountain. I could hear the creaks and cracks of the house, and the pounding of chicken feet.
This is such a gift of a story that touches on things that really matter to us all, sadness and joy, loss and healing and the comfort of home. It explores death and grief with great sensitivity. I think MG readers will truly be captured by Marinka’s journey and be left feeling a little more whole because of it
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To find out more about Sophie Anderson and The House With Chicken Legs visit here.
I’ve just bought her next book on offer at Scholastic books here, and can’t wait for it to arrive …with all the other books I ordered! 🙂 (I’m not affiliated with them in anyway)