Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones is the Read Across Lawrence for Kids title for 2017! It’s a story about family, friendship and raising magical chickens.

Sophie Brown is twelve and just moved with her family from LA to the rundown farm they inherited from their great-uncle. She misses her beloved abuela and writes to her often, though she’s deceased. Everything seems pretty bleak and boring to Sophie until a grumpy chicken, Henrietta, appears. Not only does Henrietta scowl with the best of them, she can levitate objects! Soon more unique chickens appear and Sophie must learn to care for her small flock. She starts a correspondence course with Agnes of Redwood Farm Supply to learn how to tend her chickens and gets mysterious typewritten responses along with her lessons. But not only do the chickens need food and water, they need to be protected from a crafty thief who wants these magical birds in their coop. Will Sophie be able to protect her unusual flock? Find out in this quirky story of farm life and friendship told through letters, articles, to-do lists, and quizzes!

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