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The House with Chicken Legs

Love this book!!!

With all the Baba Yaga stories available where Baba is often portrayed as an evil character, it was lovely to read about a loving, grandmotherly Baba. Marinka is also totally relatable as a 13 year old with dreams and hopes.

Baba and Marinka live in a house with chicken legs (hence the title) that can up and walk off to new lands at any time. Baba is Guardian who guides the dead through The Gate and Marinka is destined to take over as the next Guardian. The problem is, she doesn't want to be a Guardian. Marinka dreams of a life in a house that doesn't move, a life where she can make friends and have a 'normal' life.

The book has plenty of twists which keeps the reader guessing. The descriptive language really takes you in and you can almost feel and smell the places Marinka visits. Even though the story is fabled and fairytale like, the emotions and transitions are real and - as stated above - really relatable.

I really hope this can win the medal this year.

Posted on: 23rd April 2019 at 10:54 am

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