My Books

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THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS, published by Usborne (UK) and Scholastic (US):

  • Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, May 2018
  • Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal
  • Shortlisted in the 2019 Blue Peter Book Awards
  • A Kirkus Best Book of 2018
  • Kirkus starred review and School Library Journal starred review
  • An American Booksellers Association ‘Indies Introduce’ Selection
  • Book of the Month in The Bookseller, The Guardian, and Just Imagine Story Centre.
  • Book of the Week in The Sunday Times, The Week Junior and The Phoenix Comic.
  • Featured in the BookTrust Great Books Guide 2018
  • Part of The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2018
  • A #3 Nielsen Bookscan UK Children’s and YA Fiction Bestseller

“Enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities.” 

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

Twelve-year-old 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. The only people Marinka meets are dead, and they disappear when her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guides them through The Gate. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas…

You can read the prologue at Usborne’s website here, and the book is available to purchase from WaterstonesFoylesAmazon, or other book stores.

Below is a magical, animated version of the UK cover; illustrated by the brilliant Melissa Castrillón, designed by Katharine Millichope at Usborne, and brought to life by videographer Penelope Mazza.


And here is a sneak peek of the gorgeous internal illustrations by Elisa Paganelli:

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“Anderson has fully and lovingly developed her Yaga mythology…Heartbreaking, 
uplifting, and absolutely beautiful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A thoughtfully crafted, macabre masterpiece for middle grade readers, this debut novel also has the read-aloud appeal of a beloved folk or fairy tale.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“This weaves the fibres of the traditional Russian folk tale into something utterly magical and highly original.”The Bookseller, Children’s Book of the Month
“This original debut takes a poignant, philosophical look at predestination and free choice.” —The Guardian
“This is a captivating and original retelling of a traditional story straight out of folklore. Beautiful escapism.” —Sunday Express 
“Makes my spine tingle. If you love a good tale with lots of mystery, check this one out!”— The Phoenix
“This vividly imagined blend of fairy tale and coming-of-age novel reflects perceptively on death and loss, while at the same time celebrating the joys of life and the warmth of human attachments. The characters—not least the house in all its moods—are entertainingly drawn and the author sustains a challenging abstract concept without losing the sense and drive of the story.” —The Sunday Times Book of the Week
“I was hooked from the beginning! I just wanted to know what would happen to Marinka, Yaga, and the house with chicken legs. The story takes you on an adventure full of twists and turns and makes you think. Loved it!” —American Booksellers Association
“Written with great clarity and lucidity.” Inis Magazine
“A bold and beautifully-built adventure, Anderson’s storytelling transported me from the very first chapter. Like the magic between its pages, THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS is enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
“Filled with warmth and spun from gossamer threads of magic. I loved it!” —Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart
“A spellbinding tale, beautifully told and full of heart. Pure magic.” —Claire Fayers, author of The Accidental Pirates
“This book is brimming with real magic and wonder and beauty and heart, and I loved it SO MUCH. Marinka’s aching loneliness broke my heart in the beginning, but reading to the perfect ending filled me up with joy.” —Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart
“5 stars. Memorable characters abound in this wonderful, vivid story which puts the Slavic folk lore figure of Baba Yaga into modern child’s life. This is a book they’ll read again and again and again. Highly, highly recommended. This one should win all the awards and go down as a classic.” The Bookbag

22 thoughts on “My Books

  1. Yesterday I found this book in Edinburgh book shop. 🙂 Slavic Mythology book in UK book shop? 🙂 Lovely! I love Baba Yaga. Thank you for this book and I’m waiting for the next books. 🙂


  2. I loved this book. I read it in less than a day and I found I could relate to Marinka the whole story especially because I am the same age. I can’t wait for the next book.


  3. Hi! You have any idea when your book will be available in Dutch? I work in a bookshop and a lot of people come and ask for the dutch version. And my ten year old daughter would love this book too 😉

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    1. Hello Lies, it is wonderful to hear people are asking for a Dutch version. Rights have sold in many countries, but sadly not in the Netherlands yet. Hopefully they will, and as soon as I have any news I will let you know! x


  4. My just turned 9 year old loved this book. In a shop yesterday she convinced a complete stranger to buy it for her 12 year old granddaughter. I think her enthusiastic summary clinched it. I’ve never heard her so enthralled about a book.

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  5. I’ve gust read”The House With ChickenLegs” and it was amazing!!! It is one of my favourite books I’ve ever read! My favourite characters are:Jack the bird,Benji the lamb and most of all MARINKA!
    I’m so excited to read other books by you in the future xx

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  6. Sophie, this was an absolutely wonderful book. Thank you for introducing us to Marinka. I look forward to introducing others to this beautiful story.

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