The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs

4.14 (6,456 ratings by Goodreads)
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A breathtaking reimagining of the Russian fairy tale of Baba Yaga, The House with Chicken Legs is the award-winning, spellbinding story of one girl's adventure to find her destiny.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
Shortlisted for Children's Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.

For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...

"Enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities." Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"A magical tale... a captivating and original retelling of a traditional story straight out of folklore. Beautiful escapism." Sunday Express
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 24mm | 292g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781474940665
  • 4,744

Review quote

While it plays, elegantly and surprisingly warmly, with the idea of death, Anderson's book is rich with the tastes, smells and sensations of life, from the flavour of borscht to the sounds of violins * Times Literary Supplement * This vividly imagined blend of fairy tale and coming-of-age novel reflects perceptively on death and loss * The Sunday Times * This original debut takes a poignant, philosophical look at predestination and free choice, and features delectable food descriptions, cheeky jackdaws and a frolicking lamb. * The Guardian * This magical adventure story has the feel of a modern fairytale. * The Week Junior, Book of the Week * Enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities. * Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars *
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About Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspires Sophie's novels. Now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie enjoys the freedom of homeschooling her four children, fell-walking and daydreaming. Sophie's first novel, The House with Chicken Legs, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the British Book Awards' Children's Fiction Book of the Year and the Branford Boase Award, as well as winning lots of regional awards.
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Rating details

6,456 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 41% (2,641)
4 39% (2,487)
3 16% (1,022)
2 4% (231)
1 1% (75)
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