The House with Chicken Legs
On this shortlist:
Sophie Anderson grew up in Swansea and studied at Liverpool University. She wrote textbooks until characters from Slavic fairy tales began appearing in her work.
She is from an international family, her Prussian Grandmother telling her stories that eventually inspired Sophie to write her own. Her mother, too, is a writer and this has motivated Sophie to write stories encompassing and inspired by different folklores, cultures and landscapes.
Sophie now lives in the Lake District with her husband, where she home schools their four children and spends her time walking, canoeing and daydreaming.
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...
The House with Chicken Legs is Sophie’s debut novel, and it has already been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards.
Sophie’s dream is to create books that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful diversity.
She worked as a geologist and a science teacher before becoming an author.
The House with Chicken Legs will be published across the world – it will be sold in countries as far apart as Korea, Italy, Vietnam and Russia.
Sophie spends every spare minute reading, and loves to talk about books to anyone else who will listen!
The House with Chicken Legs was published by Usborne on 3rd May 2018.
Summer from Raynville Primary School:
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Z from Green Lane Primary Academy:
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