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The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: 25 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781338209969

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. 

1 Prize for The House with Chicken Legs

The British Book Awards
2019 Shortlist: Children's Fiction Book of the Year

Alice O’Keeffe, Books Editor at The Bookseller, said: “Our shortlists this year took the judges from Georgian London to the Second World War to contemporary New York. There are books from exciting fresh voices at the very start of their career, contrasted with books from with well-established brand authors at the top of their game. These are the books that sum up 2018 but which, we think, will be read for years to come.”


5 stars out of 5
4 Oct 2018

"Marinka’s story is magical, delightfully macabre and utterly engrossing"

Loosely based on the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga, Marinka’s story is magical, delightfully macabre and utterly engrossing. Skilful storytelling reimagines ancient folklore while addressing issues such as bullying, bereavement and taking control of your future, which will resonate with many young people