Monday, April 23, 2007

Chicken Boy

Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell is one of the nominees for the 2008 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. Don't read it just because it's on the list. Read it because it's one great book. It just might win the award next year, because you just might like it so much that you will vote for it. This book has a little bit of everything in it. Tobin McCauley is from a family that puts the "dis" in dysfunctional. His siblings are known for being "bad". And the teachers keep wondering how "bad" Tobin will be in their classes this year. Seventh grade is quite a trial for Tobin. He gets into fights, refuses to dress out for P.E. , and makes a new friend. Henry is Tobin's only friend , mostly because Henry won't take no for an answer. Tobin has a lot to learn about friendship, chickens and the meaning of life. And he learns most of it from Henry and his brother. So, if you want a great new book to read , check this one out. Let me know what you think.

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