Friday, May 8, 2015

Book review - Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Title: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Author: Kelly Jones
Genre: fantasy/comedy
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quirky fun
Summary: Sophie doesn't know much about farm life when her family moves from Los Angeles to an inherited farm,  but she's determined to learn. The farm doesn't look like much: broken tractor, overgrown fields, a barn full of junk. Things start looking up when Sophie finds a hen in the field - a hen that seems to have unusual abilities. More hens arrive and Sophie must learn to care for them with limited resources and protect them from someone determined to steal them.

My opinion: What fun! While this is an odd concept (super-powered chickens?!) it works better than you might expect as learning to care for the chickens helps Sophie deal with her feeling about moving and grief over her deceased grandmother. The mixed format letters, lists, and the like help as well. It is fast paced and peppered with great drawings that highlight major events.

More information: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer releases May 12.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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