Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (Hardcover)

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By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
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Kelly Jones is excellent at mixing in the supernatural into daily life in a way that makes sense and is satisfying. The story unfolds nicely, and pulls you through to a satisfying reveal about the mysterious farm that sends the main character unusual chickens and lessons on how to take care of them. It’s written as a series of letters, which is a great device for a chapter book for this reading level. I think it could be less intimidating for younger readers because of it. I recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn about chickens or enjoy the fantasy of having them.

-- Anna

— From Anna S. Staff Picks


Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.

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.

About the Author

KELLY JONES has worked as a librarian and a bookseller, and now turns her talents to fiction. Her first book, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, was an Indies Introduce Pick, an ALA Notable Book, an SLJ Best Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book. You can find her at her website: curiosityjones.net, or on Twitter: @curiosityjones. KATIE KATH earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and works as a freelance illustrator. You can learn more about her work at ktkath.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385755528
ISBN-10: 038575552X
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English