Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019.
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...
A bold and beautifully-built adventure, The House with Chicken Legs is 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
Anderson's book is rich with the tastes, smells and sensations of life. --Times Literary Supplement
Stunningly told and superbly written this has to be one of the most accomplished debuts I have had the pleasure to read. A truly unforgettable story that will stay with me forever.-- Book Lover Jo
Utterly magical and highly original... had me reading late into the night. --The Bookseller, Children's Book of the Month
[A] delicious, exquisite tale. --Emma Carroll
Beautifully written, lyrical, haunting and humorous this is a novel that will move your feelings into new dimensions as you adventure with Marinka to discover the possibilities the world has to offer. --Armadillo Magazine
There is a lot going on in Anderson's impressive novel, and it all makes for a fascinating, thought provoking, and highly recommended read. --South China Morning Post
About the Author
Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspired The House with Chicken Legs.
Now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. She spends every spare minute reading, and loves to talk about books online, offline and to anyone else who will listen. Sophie's dream is to create stories that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful diversity.