Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse.... And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens is a quirky, clucky classic in the making.
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This was absolutely charming! The illustrations lend a lot to the pictures, and even though there were some sad things (job loss, death of grandmother and uncle) in the book, the story was upbeat and funny. It wasn't slap stick goofy, which makes it good for middle grade readers. The magic required a little suspension of disbelief, but was handled in a believable way. Haunted typewriters are so much more interesting than haunted computers!
Sophie is surrounded by supportive people who are looking out for her and her well-being; even the mailman know what is going on and helps when needed! I loved the farm setting, because what child (or adult!) doesn't secretly want to spend the summer on a farm?
I can't really explain why I liked this one so much; I just did. Perhaps this reminded me of McBroom's Farm or Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
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