The House with Chicken Legs


Cover illustration by Melissa Castrillón. Internal illustrations by Elisa Paganelli.

Shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019, the British Book Awards Children’s Fiction Book Of The Year, the Branford Boase Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award 2019. 

Book of the Month in Waterstones, The Bookseller and The Guardian. Book of the Week in The Sunday Times.

Translated into over twenty languages.

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…

Available from all good bookshops, including Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwells, Amazon, and your local independent bookshop.

An audiobook, read by Katherine Press, is available from Audible.

“Heartbreaking, uplifting, and absolutely beautiful.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A thoughtfully crafted, macabre masterpiece.” School Library Journal, starred review

“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 

“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 Sunday Times Book of the Week

“The story takes you on an adventure full of twists and turns and makes you think. Loved it!” American Booksellers Association

“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

“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

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