I Will Be Brief
Sophie Anderson, The house that takes me away, Rizzoli
The house takes me away is a novel full of suggestions: there is the Russian tradition with the Baba Yaga, the houses with the legs of the hens and the fences of bones, but also with a vast background gourmet made of dishes from the smells and tastes special, and then there are the eco panteistiche of the journey and of the return of souls to the stars, and finally, the identity of the protagonist. Marinka is a young girl dealing with the big questions of adolescents. The growth path he takes up a theme well-known, such as that of the inevitability of fate: Marinka lives with beloved grandmother, Baba, who is a Yaga, the escort of the dead up to the Gate that opens to the stars, and the girl is destined to take its place. Of course Marinka feels the suffocation of a road marked, you add the fact that the role of Yaga implies a constant displacement, on the house from the long, crow's feet, and stands, therefore, for a silent solitude, enlivened only by the daily feasts for the dead. Marinka wants to stubbornly get to know the world of the living, want to be able to have friends... The stubbornness is very realistic, and – in part – share of Marinka triggers a series of events engaging: the adored grandmother part, the house begins to destroy itself, the world of the living bursts into the house, Marinka discovers she is not just living... but there is also the unexpected friendship with an elderly Yaga that is more true and loyal than that of some peers, the discovery that the dead often have stories full of love and teachings.... The final is not so obvious, and opts for a middle path, which corresponds more realistically to the forms that life takes, and which are never black or white.
The writing is compelling, the events well-built, it remains a little bit the impression that the author could dare more, entrusting the matter of the trip to the stars a sense more compelling.
From 8 years old.
The book is nominated for the Andersen prize, range 6-9 years.
The article will be Short seems to be the first on a low Shelf.