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Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, 12-year-old Yanka has always felt out of place in her small village. When she wakes up to find that her legs have become bear legs, she sets off into the forest to discover who she is, on a journey that takes her from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, with an ever-growing group of misfits alongside her... Interwoven with ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Usborne Publishing
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Gavin
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Time, there was a girl called Yanka who didn't know who she was. Abandoned in a bear cave, she is raised in a nearby village, but something keeps pulling her towards the Snow Forest, where an epic adventure awaits her...

I loved this book. I knew I would going into it because this is the second book by Sophie Anderson, and I adored her 2018 children's novel, 'The House With Chicken Legs'. I didn't think this one would beat 'House' for my affections, but incredibly, it did. It's a
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Sara
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yanka has always felt that she doesnt quite fit in to the village she was raised in. Found as a baby in a bear cave, shes felt a special calling to the forest. So when, one day, she wakes up with bear legs she sets out on an adventure with house weasel Mousetrap to discover who her family are, and who she really is.

This swept me away with its lush descriptions of a snowy magical enchanted forest interspersed with magical fairytales. Yanka is a wonderful character, who manages to convey this
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Rated 3.5/5 stars
Sophie Crane
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written book. I loved the character of Yanka and the story took us along on her journey. She didnt think she fitted in where she lived- was that linked to the fact she was found in a bear cave? As she adventures to find out more about her past, she discovers the truth about her family. I particularly liked the fact that The house with chicken legs is mentioned throughout as I loved that book too. I cant wait to share this with my book club! Recommended to readers 8+ ...more
Peter
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
This book is ROARSOMELY brilliant! My favourite Childrens Book Ive read so far this year! ...more
Michelle Harrison
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeously magical, lyrical fairy tale. A story within a story. Sophie Andersons writing is beautiful. ...more
Steph
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Storytelling at its very finest. Brilliant characters, beautiful worlds, exciting adventures and powerful messages. I just adored this. Yanka is a character that kids and adults will adore, and relate to! You cant beat a bit of finding yourself and your people (or animals) with a good bit of story woven together. Just bloody brilliant. ...more
Noelia Alonso
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
RATING: 3.5 STARS (7/10)

this is a great children's book with a beautiful message about belonging and accepting ourselves as we are; with an awesome cast of animal characters. children will love this fairytale.
Elliott
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For as long as I can remember, I have adored Russian fairy tales and folklore with its amazing creations of the firebird, Koschei the Deathless, and, especially, the Baba Yaga. When I read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, I was enthralled with how she was able to bring such a fresh and original perspective on the myth of Baba Yaga. It instantly became one of my favorite books and I knew I would look forward to anything that she wrote. I was over-the-moon-thrilled when she sent me ...more
Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished #TheGirlWhoSpeaksBear & my bookish heart is BURSTING. Its every superlative I could say. The kind of folktales that show the strength of stories & remind us of who we are. I find myself feeling empty & so whole of emotion at the same time within Sophies words & worlds. ...more
Catherine Doyle
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A magical, captivating read. It's beautiful from start to finish, and certainly a worthy follow up to The House With Chicken Legs which was one of my favourite books of last year.
Somia
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Once Upon a Time, there was a girl called Yanka who didn't know who she was. Abandoned in a bear cave, she is raised in a nearby village, but something keeps pulling her towards the Snow Forest, where a marvellously epic adventure awaits, one which will finally unveil the secrets of her past and present.

I have to say the world found in the Snow Forest, as well as the fairy-tales intricately woven into Yankas story/adventure added a lovely layer to the overarching tale.

A charming and somewhat
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Anna  Sjösvärd
LOVE ❤ ...more
Alfie Rowland
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sophie Anderson returns yet again with another story inspired and influenced by the stories that her Prussian grandmother would tell her as a child. This time we follow Yanka the Bear, not that shes an actual bear, but shes just strong like one and shes even the tallest person in her village. She lives with her Mamochka and their house weasel who found her wandering near a bear cave when she was just a few years old . However, Yanka doesnt always fit in. She doesnt have many friends at all and ...more
Rutuja Ramteke
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
💍The Girl Who Speaks Bear By Sophie Anderson💍
Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, 12-year-old Yanka has always felt out of place in her small village. When she wakes up to find that her legs have become bear legs, she sets off into the forest to discover who she is, on a journey that takes her from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, with an ever-growing group of misfits alongside her.
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📚My Take: I am a kind of reader who is always immersed in a fantasy land of my own. So, for me this book
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Holly
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unsure whether to rate this 3 1/2 or 4 ⭐! Its so magical, I just wasnt a massive fan of the ending. The whole dragon thing wasnt necessary. I feel like it wouldve been better and more magical without it 🤷♀ but still so so magical! ✨ ...more
Robin Stevens
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous fairy tale adventure - Sophie Anderson has done it again! I loved this book. (9+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Izzie
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: standalones, for-kids
This was a cute read. My grandma got it me for Christmas even though I'm just a little (a lot) above the recommended age range. I bet kids would adore this though, and I did love all the interwoven stories and how they all came together in the end.
Dawn Teresa
One day Id like to find the story of my past, and I hope its something more magical than being unwanted and abandoned as a baby. I hope its a tale filled with wonder that explains who I am and why Im different, why I hear the trees whispering secrets, and why I always feel the forest, pulling me in.


Once upon a time, a girl named Yanka longed for answers about her past so that she could know where she belonged. Yanka remembers the bear who raised her as a baby in the snow forest. Though she has
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Alice
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apart from Tamora Pierces works, I dont think Ive encountered a more perfect childrens book.

This plot is honestly more sophisticated, with a better message, than most of the YA books Ive read so far this year.

The allegorical (or are they literal? Read the book and find out!) side stories blend seamlessly with the main plot and narrative to create a story that grows with the character without being distracting. There are so many parts that all come together at the end without a single thing
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Amy
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHAT AN INCREDIBLY MAGICAL AND DELIGHTFUL STORY. I read this in one quick go and it was just amazing; I enjoyed the House with the Chicken Legs but this was on a completely other level and was just such a good story. I was entranced the whole time I was reading it and that massive plot twist that should be obvious, did not see coming until we were being told about it.

Sophie Anderson has a way of writing that just hooks you in and makes you want to curl up with a blanket and fall into her story.
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Rachel
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-favs
I love THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS when I read it last year, so you can imagine my delight when I found out that her next book was about a girl. Who is also a bear. Which, if you ask me, is beary freaking cool🐻

But THE GIRL WHO SPEAKS BEAR is not just a story about a girl who is also a bear; it interweaves Russian fairytales of princesses and dragons and bears (of course) alongside a tale of a girl who is trying to uncover the truth about her family and her past together with friends she makes
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Lauren
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
It was kind of like Brother Bear, we stan
Runningrara
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Book 2/2020 Quirky Baba Yaga spin off with a strong message of belonging.
BooksForTopics
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of The House with Chicken Legs will be delighted to see a new middle-grade offering from Sophie Anderson. I was thrilled to receive an early copy of this book and I just loved being immersed in its lyrical storytelling. Like The House with Chicken Legs, this is a thoroughly modern story woven from a tapestry of traditional Russian folktales.

Yanka is a 12-year-old girl who has never found out where she really belongs. Standing out from the crowd by being much taller than the other children
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Yvonne
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful read this book was. It is the story of Yanka, she is known as Yanka the Bear as she is bigger and stronger than others of her age. Even though she lives happily in her village with her Grandmother, there has always been a question she has wanted answers to. Where did she come from and who were her parents. The story is one of Yanka discovering her roots and finding out who she is and where she feels she belongs.

This is an absolutely brilliant read that
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Katie
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Anderson has done it again. I read The House with Chicken Legs by Anderson earlier on in the year and absolutely loved it. When I found out that The Girl who Speaks Bear had been released I knew that I needed to get my hands on it. 

The Girl who Speaks Bear did not disappoint, in fact I actually think this might be my favourite by a very narrow margin. I fully admit it to squealing each time The House with Chicken Legs was mentioned. Please note, this book is a stand alone so you do not
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Lily
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive been beyond excited for this book ever since I heard about its release, having read The House With Chicken Legs last year and being overwhelmed by how much I loved it. This second book from Anderson promised a return to a world where Yaga Houses walk in the shadows, and a story packed with as much wonder and magic as her debut.

Yanka was found as an infant in the cave of the old Bear Tsarina. Shes grown up feeling out of place in the town, for her size and strength, which far surpass that of
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Nivedita Dhar
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, thanks to @USBorneya who introduced me to this Children Fantasy genre. This is my third read from this genre. The first one I read The Train To Impossible Places ," next I read The Garden Of Lost Secrets ," and afterwards I read another fantastic childrens fantasy, which is an arc too sent by USborne YA. I never knew I can be a fan of this genre.
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This book is about Yanka, who is a half human half bear. This is a tale of her journey of becoming a human to bear and then bear to a
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Novelle Novels
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ out of 5 stars
If I could go above 5 stars for this book I sooooo would. This is the second book from Sophie Anderson and so was well anticipated. How on earth could you follow on from the house with chicken legs!!! Well it is on the same level if not slightly better as it has the bonus of a house with chicken legs inside this. Yanka is a young girl who is nicknamed yanka the bear as she is so strong not because she was found abounded in a bear cave as a baby. We start this book when yanka
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Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspired The House with Chicken Legs.

Born in Swansea but now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. Her dream is to create stories that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful
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