• Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

  • By: Kelly Jones
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Katherine Applegate and Erin Entrada Kelly 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.

©2015 Kelly Jones (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A delightful protagonist, interesting fowl of various breeds and a cast of appealing second-string characters make this a top pick for young readers, poultry fanciers or not." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Readers will cheer for Sophie and clamor for more of those amazing chickens. Exceptional, indeed." (School Library Journal, starred review)
 

"The combination of real-life emotion and otherworldly farming makes for a comedic story with the right amount of pathos." (Booklist)

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My girls and I loved it!

This is an Oregon battle of the books title this year. My girls and I listen to it in the way to and from school. Here are their reviews:
Nittaya(11): hilarious story, my favorite part of the book was Henrietta
Paityn (9): I loved the whole book.. I didn’t want it to end and I can’t wait to read the next one. My favorite part was learning about each chicken’s usual trait.
Delainey (7): my favorite part was the chicken show when Sophie lets everyone know the truth about Mrs Greekson.
Mom: I love the style the book was written in.. letters, articles, etc.. fun way to tell a story. It was well written and entertaining. Lots of twists and turns.. I think we loved it a ton because of our own chickens.

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Really great and fun

This book is so crazy but fun but full of action and kinda mysteriously, I totally recommend it for everyone!! This is a great book for kids 8-12 .

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