Title: The House with Chicken Legs

Author: Sophie Anderson

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

The Blurb

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…

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Oh dear.

I bought into the hype of The House with Chicken Legs. Everyone was raving about it. Twitter went nuts. Teachers were singing its praises.

For me, I felt a little confused.

Ok so the story is of a young girl who has a destiny to become the next guardian. The one who helps the dead cross over to the other side. I don’t understand why the house had to have legs like a chicken.

Also, as one of my students who attends book group said to me, “this book could have ended half way through it.” Sadly, I have to agree.

It was not for me.

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson is available now.

For more information regarding Sophie Anderson (@sophieinspace) please visit www.sophieandersonauthor.com.

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Title: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes

Author: Holly Bourne

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Usborne

The Blurb

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at ‘normality’ for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

A raw and compelling exploration of mental health, friendship and the power of compassion from the acclaimed Holly Bourne.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Wow. Holly Bourne has really raised the bar with her young adult novel Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

This is Olive’s story. Olive is a girl who is watching her mental health fall apart and feels the sheer isolation and horror over what is happening. She knows things have happened that have lead to her episodes but she can’t even begin to contemplate what they were. She just wants to get better.

When she is offered the chance to go to a summer camp that promises to help her get better she makes the brave decision to go. As she is expected to delve more and more into what her problems are we begin to realise that Olive is her own worst enemy and the saddest part is that she has no control over it.

Olive’s story really broke my heart. Bourne has tapped into the contentious topic of mental health and has given a realistic and shocking account of what mental health is and how it can impact on a person’s life. Furthermore, she has highlighted the growing concern over mental health among teenagers and how society needs to help those most at risk.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) please visit www.hollybourne.co.uk.

For more information regarding Usborne (@Usborne) please visit www.usborne.com.