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Feb 13 2008

Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon

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Bloomsbury, 2007 ISBN 978 0 7475 8930 3
(Age 11-14) Don is a loner, few other kids take to him at school, and at home his parents are cold and distant. When he finds his birth certificate coupled with the name of a private investigator, he is told that his sister, Dawn, did not die before he was born, but was kidnapped. While at a chicken judging competition, he strives to find his lost sister, hoping that his family will once again be whole, a real family.

Don's capers will cause much laughter as kids will sympathise with this loner, trying hard to be liked by friends and parents. Living on a chicken farm, his one interest, chickens, causes him to win the local chicken judging competition, and this brings him fame and friends for a while. Even his mother is impressed, eventually, but he continues to strive for her attention. Finding his lost sister becomes his aim, and he puts all his energies into doing just that.

A funny wry look at families and what makes them tick, Chicken Dance will appeal to middle school readers looking for something different and quirky.
Fran Knight

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