Title: The House With Chicken Legs
Author: Sophie Anderson
Page Count: 272 pages
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
If you give me a book and the words “Baba Yaga” are in the synopsis I will 100% pick it up. When I saw this cover I instantly squealed because I knew Baba Yaga was involved.
What a beautiful take on the legendary story of this spooky witch. I loved how you follow the main character, Marinka, a young girl who is being raised by her grandmother, Baba Yaga. Her parents were Baba Yaga’s, so in essence you’re discovering a generation of Baba Yaga’s! That was so neat! I loved this concept.
This story is a children’s story but it’s so well done adults will enjoy the book too. The focus on grief was so beautifully written and really delved deep. There were twists and the story kept me guessing by going in different directions, it was unexpected!
I love middle grade books that are a bit gloomy and spooky and full of bones! Brimming with magic, exploring emotion and processing death, The House With Chicken Legs will win you over. Definitely recommend this book for everyone who likes a little bit of darkness in their stories.
Thank you Scholastic Canada for sending me a finished copy of the book, it was beautiful!