Key Stage: 3 (11+)
Genre: Coming-of-age story, Fantasy Fiction
Reviewer: Ms Carter-Dunn
The House with the Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (2018)
Plot: 12 year old Marinka wants nothing more than to settle down in a nice town or city, attend school and have real friends. Unfortunately for her, her grandmother is a Yaga (a person who guides the dead to the afterlife) and her house has chicken legs and a tendency to run off to a new location with no notice! Marinka is determined to make friends, despite her grandmother’s (and house’s!) warnings which leads to grave consequences.
Positives: This book has links to Slavic mythology and I loved reading about the parties yagas hold for the dead before they move to the afterlife. The imagery in the book is beautiful as well, and you are completely transported into the world of the book.
Negatives: Sometimes I grew frustrated with Marinka and her actions. She was very selfish and I got annoyed with the book at times.
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