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Victoria, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The House with Chicken Legs

I enjoyed this book as it was a twist on the Russian folk tale character Baba Yaga. This particularly resonated with me as this was the kind of story that I grew up with. I liked the theme of growing up and trying to find one's place in the world. Marinka hopes desperately for a friend and goes to great lengths to find and keep one, showing the human need for companionship. Teenagers can relate to the need to rebel and in this book they can learn why we shouldn't push those who love us away. Although Marinka made some mistakes, as we all do, she learnt a vital life lesson of what she wanted her life to be like. This mirrors the real-life decisions we need to make, as we decide what to do with our future, even if their are no ghosts involved. A word of warning: don't read this book if you're hungry. I've been craving my grandmother's borscht ever since.

Posted on: 25th May 2019 at 12:20 pm

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