Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens #2)

by Kelly Jones (Author) Katie Kath (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

This laugh-out-loud sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer has EVEN MORE MAGIC CHICKENS!

Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown is finally settling into her new home and her new role as keeper of some highly unusual chickens--chickens with secret superpowers! But the arrival of two new magical chickens for her flock and some unusual eggs to be incubated and hatched (what will their superpowers be?), plus an impending inspection from the Unusual Poultry Committee (who even knew this existed?) has Sophie feeling pretty stressed out. Her older cousin, Lupe, is coming to stay with her family, which is great--but will Lupe like chickens too? And on top of it all, Sophie's first day at her new school is rapidly approaching!

In this wildly funny and quirky novel told in letters and lists and quizzes, Sophie learns that even an exceptional poultry farmer can use some help.


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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6—Sophie Brown and her chickens are back in the sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and they've got a new challenge. After inheriting Redwood Farm, Sophie is determined to hatch chicks and return the farm back to its former glory. When her new brood arrives, she discovers that one of her chicks may be even more unusual than those she's raising. An inspection from the Unusual Poultry Committee will ultimately decide if Sophie can continue her work on the farm, and she and her friends are determined to pass. Fans of Sophie's first foray into farming will be delighted with the humor, heart, and chicken-hatching tips galore in this charming follow-up. Sophie continues to mature as a determined, relatable middle schooler who experiences the everyday concerns of fitting in at school and learning responsibility, along with raising magical animals. Acknowledgement of Sophie's Mexican American identity and the prejudice she experiences give this book additional depth and nuance. Most heartwarming is the depiction of the loving family and community that surrounds and supports her; it takes a village to raise unusual chickens as well as a 12-year-old girl. VERDICT A funny and relatable realistic fantasy sure to be enjoyed by farm-dwellers, urbanites, and everyone between.—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, St. Paul Public Library

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Charming, thoughtful, and clever." — Kirkus Reviews

"A funny and relatable realistic fantasy sure to be enjoyed by farm-dwellers, urbanites, and everyone between." —SLJ

"In the middle grade follow-up to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, protagonist Sophie Brown has brand-new magical chickens to care for, is anxious about entering a new school, and is doubly worried about an upcoming inspection from the Unusual Poultry Committee. Quirky illustrations and the integration of email correspondences, letters, lists, and other texts provide a multidimensional reading experience." -- Publishers Weekly

Kelly Jones
KELLY JONES has been a librarian and a bookseller and is a raiser of (much-loved but fairly ordinary) chickens. She is now a novelist and the author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. You can find her at her website: curiosityjones.net, or on Twitter and Instagram: @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. Or follow her on Instagram at KatieKathDraws, or on Twitter at @kathk_me.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781524765910
Lexile Measure
840L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
November 20, 2018
Series
Unusual Chickens

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