Friday, October 07, 2005

Chicken Boy by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Maybe you know someone like Tobin McCauley. He gets through his day at school without any friends (just barely) only to come home to an empty house; empty of parents (his mom died of cancer awhile ago, if his dad is home, he’s not talking to Tobin), empty of siblings (they are in and out), and empty of food too. That’s why Tobin usually goes to his granny’s, although she has a bunch of her own issues. One day at school, while trying to blend into the bleachers, a few kids pick on Tobin by ridiculing a teacher that he’s fond of. Tobin jumps him. A kid named Henry is pretty impressed by Tobin and befriends him. Henry is a big fan of chickens; he raises them and is conducting research for a school project. Tobin reluctantly joins him and things start to change for him. Who would have thought you could learn so much from a chicken?
Recommended for grades 5 and up.

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