Reviewed by Anna
I thought the the author was very imaginative about a house having chicken legs! This story is like no other. It had me feeling the character’s emotions, as if I were the character: excited, anxious, and pain went through me as I read this story. Each chapter more thrilling than the last. It really draws you into its world. This book reminded me of just how lucky I am to have wonderful friends and family.— From Young Readers Advisory Board
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.
About the Author
* "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 stellar selection will be an inspiring fit for fantasy lovers, but will also be just right for all those hoping to discover their own destiny!" -- School Library Connection
"Readers...will be charmed by and envious of a house that by turns acts as magical playmate, responsive transportation, and forgiving friend." -- BCCB