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The House with Chicken Legs (edição 2018)

por Sophie Anderson (Autor)

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All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with. But that's tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It's even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties -- and no playmates that stick around for more than a day. So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it's up to Marinka to find her -- even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife. With a mix of whimsy, humor, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.… (mais)
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Título:The House with Chicken Legs
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Twelve-year-old Marinka’s parents died a long time ago so she only has her Baba (grandmother) and their house with chicken legs. Oh, and the dead souls that Baba Yaga helps cross into the afterlife. Every night is a party as Baba Yaga hosts the dead, listens to their stories, and blesses them on their journeys.

But Marinka is lonely. The house with chicken legs never stays in one place for long and Marinka and her Baba don’t control their moves. Marinka never gets a chance to make any living friends. The house is fun but she wants someone her own size and age to play with. And she definitely doesn’t want to take Baba’s place as a Yaga (a guardian of the Gate to the afterlife). But Marinka’s choices are limited. Can she find a way forward?

I can see the reason that this book is rated so highly on GoodReads. I understand why the author included some events, but my own history of grief led me to interpret them in a different way than intended and lower my own rating. To explain further would give away some major plot points so I’ll have to leave it there.

Part of me admires Marinka for wanting so much more than what she’s been given. Who doesn’t want friends and a choice in how to live their lives? And being a Yaga is a true calling that she just doesn’t feel. No one can force something like that.

But she largely comes across as a selfish brat to me. Weren’t most of us selfish brats at age 12? I know I was. But she makes choices that have serious consequences for a lot of people. She isn’t ignorant of the consequences–she just puts her own needs first. Some of her problems could have been addressed if she had only been honest about her feelings with the people around her. Baba repeatedly gives her the opportunity to open up but she just keeps saying that she’s happy to train as a Yaga. Meanwhile, she’s keeping some dangerous secrets.

The house is a character all its own and one of my favorites. I honestly felt that it deserved better than Marinka. The house doesn’t speak but it finds ways to communicate. It tries so hard to make Marinka happy but she just takes it for granted and doesn’t take very good care of it.

There were a couple of beautiful quotes though. This is the blessing that the Yaga says just before the dead pass through the Gates to the afterlife (it changes slightly from soul to soul):

“May you have strength on the long and arduous journey ahead. The stars are calling for you. Move on with gratitude for your time on Earth. Every moment now an eternity. You carry with you memories of infinite value, the love of your family and home…. Peace at returning to the stars. The great cycle is complete.”

This is a thoughtful quote too:

“Baba used to say it’s not how long a life but how sweet a life that counts, and I think maybe the same is true with friendships. I’m not sure how long I will get to spend with Benjamin, but I will appreciate the time I have…. Nobody is yours to keep. Nothing is forever.”

I am truly in the minority in my feelings for this book so if you’re interested in a story about Baba Yaga, or a troubled middle-grade character who does eventually learn some truths about life, give this one a try. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Aug 14, 2021 |
This cute little book has so much to offer and has quickly become one of my favorites. A tale of grief, friendship, love, selflessness and so much more. It’s done in such a magical and whimsical way that it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with. ❤️ ( )
  MeishaALittleReader | Oct 24, 2020 |
Tender and poignant, this readable book is captained by a heroine with lots of inner turmoil who struggles with feeling trapped by destiny. Deep wisdom is contained in this middle grade tale: death is a subject that needs more exploring and this book tackles it with wit and descriptive prose. My heart strings were pulled and my imaginative fires stoked. I swallowed this book whole and highly recommend it!
Also, I would love a Yaga house of my own! 🌱🍗🏠🍗🌱 ( )
  Punkerfairy | Jul 12, 2020 |
This was so so so good. If you love russian folklore mixed with that dark witchy atmosphere this is the perfect book for you. I absolutely devoured this book, i couldn't stop reading about it. Baba Yaga always captured me so obviously when I saw this book I immediately added it to my tbr. I am so happy the Yaga part was so present, it was fascinating.

It tackled light and dark themes so well, always in a respectful and really well researched way. You can see the author actually went deeper and I totally appreciated that.
I had so much fun with this novel, you get the Baba Yaga retelling but it's so much more than that. There's an important theme of fitting/non fitting with others and that it's okay to be different.

I love the found family in this book, there are more than once and it's always something that touches my heart. ( )
  primordialnyx | Jun 24, 2020 |
I'd absolutely love the book if I don't hate Marinka and her ways. Don't get me wrong, I feel her loneliness and frustration but to me, it feels like she only goes and messes up everything which people (and house) around her has to clean up after.
Other than that I love everything about this book. I love the magic, the heartwarming storyline and the excellent storytelling, everything was just beautiful. ( )
  KLHtet | Jun 17, 2020 |
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All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with. But that's tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It's even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties -- and no playmates that stick around for more than a day. So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it's up to Marinka to find her -- even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife. With a mix of whimsy, humor, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.

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