Saturday, September 24, 2016
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones (ill. Katie Kath)
A lovely middle reader that combines entertaining facts about raising poultry with some fantasy and magic (and lots of amusing illustrations). Mostly told through letters that Sophia writes to her late grandmother and to the owner of the Supply complany, Soph is revealed to be resourceful and insightful. In an age appropriate way, she is not always strong enough for her challenges but still determined, brave, and well-grounded. CCBC called this book out for the fact that she's also Latina, but not a lot is made of that (which is precisely what makes the book special). I found the book a lovely break from the darkness of teen reading and also enjoyed its Sonoma county setting as well as the chickens themselves.