Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens, #2)
This laugh-out-loud sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer has EVEN MORE MAGIC CHICKENS!Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown is finally settling into her new home and her new role as keeper of some highly unusual chickens—chickens with secret superpowers!But the arrival of two new magical chickens for her flock and some unusual eggs to be incubated and hatched (what will their superpowers be?), plus an impending inspection from the Unusual Poultry Committee (who even knew this existed?) has Sophie feeling pretty stressed out. Her older cousin, Lupe, is coming to stay with her family, which is great—but will Lupe like chickens too? And on top of it all, Sophie’s first day at her new school is rapidly approaching!In this wildly funny and quirky novel told in letters and lists and quizzes, Sophie learns that even an exceptional poultry farmer can use some help.

Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens, #2) Details

TitleAre You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
Rating
GenreAnimals, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens, #2) Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    When I was young, I used to go visit my grandmother’s farm in the Sierra foothills. She had chickens, and crops. It was not a large farm. Only five acres. But we learned how to grow food, and pluck chickens, and even how to milk the neighbors cow. The area that Sophia finds herself in, when she and her family move to her great uncle’s farm, reminds me of that area. And it is true that it was very white. And I can imagine how she would feel slightly out of place and worry about racism.There are c When I was young, I used to go visit my grandmother’s farm in the Sierra foothills. She had chickens, and crops. It was not a large farm. Only five acres. But we learned how to grow food, and pluck chickens, and even how to milk the neighbors cow. The area that Sophia finds herself in, when she and her family move to her great uncle’s farm, reminds me of that area. And it is true that it was very white. And I can imagine how she would feel slightly out of place and worry about racism.There are covert and overt instances of racism, and Sophie deals with them well, with the help of her cousin Lupe.This is not the main focus of the book though I am glad that it is there. Kids love to see themselves in books, and this is good for them, to be seen in books.Mainly, though, this is a book about chickens. This is a book about a young girl who is new to the area, who is raising these chickens. This is a book about a girl raising unusual chickens.We were introduced to these unusual chickens in the first book, and in this second book, we get to meet two other types. Along the way, we learn about chickens, and how to hatch them. I love how this is woven into the story. My hens hatched their own chicks, so I didn’t have to turn eggs, but I know about having to watch the baby chicks, when I first started raising chickens.You know a book is good when you miss it when you are done. That is how it is with this book. There is a hint that there will be another book, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.Sophie has a good sense of humor, and thinks things through, and tries to do what is right. A good, strong female protagonist.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    We started raising chickens when our daughter was just a baby, so she has grown up with a yard of feathered friends.  She enjoys their eggs (and the song they sing when the lay an egg), chicken jokes, and collecting the feathers when they fall out.Last year we came across the children's middle grade book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer about 12 year old Sophie Brown who has just moved with her parents from L.A. to a farm they inherit from a great uncle Jim.  Sophie finds a sm We started raising chickens when our daughter was just a baby, so she has grown up with a yard of feathered friends.  She enjoys their eggs (and the song they sing when the lay an egg), chicken jokes, and collecting the feathers when they fall out.Last year we came across the children's middle grade book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer about 12 year old Sophie Brown who has just moved with her parents from L.A. to a farm they inherit from a great uncle Jim.  Sophie finds a small flock of hens on the farm and learns rather quickly that these are no ordinary chickens... they have powers!  Sophie is both determined and resourceful as she learns about chickens and how to care for them (and handle their unusual abilities).When I found the sequel on NetGalley recently, I had to request an ARC to find out what happens next in Sophie's adventure!In Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken?, Sophie is settling in at Blackbird Farm and adding new magical chickens to her flock.  She has inherited Redwood Farm from Agnes, an exceptional poultry farmer who raised and sold unusual chickens for many years.To continue Agnes's work with unusual chickens, Sophie is sent a batch of eggs to hatch all by herself in an incubator and she's excited to learn what their super powers will be!  Since the new flock cannot be added to her existing flock (because of the pecking order), Sophie needs to prepare Redwood Farm for its first new flock of chickens in ages!With her friends and her cousin Lupe (who has recently moved in to attend a nearby college) they clean up Redwood Farm with the help of their community.It isn't long after the eggs have hatched that Sophie finds one chicken has an alarming power that could be dangerous!  While navigating her new school, new and exisiting friendships, Sophie also has to learn how to care for baby chicks, keep up with her chicken chores and Redwood Farm, and face her first inspection with the Unusual Poultry Committee!This was another fun and quirky novel in this children's middle grade series told in letters/e-mails, lists, and quizzes.  I enjoy the chicken facts and the information included (brief but accurate descriptions on molting, incubating/hatching, etc.) and my daughter loves the funny powers the chickens have.  Young readers can also learn a great deal from Sophie, who is enthusiastic, determined, and caring.  I look forward to seeing what happens next at Blackbird and Redwood Farms!Thanks to Knopf Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review!  Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? is scheduled for release on November 6, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    There are new characters and new chickens and new adventures for Sophie and her friends and family. Plus there's a tease of even more new chickens and adventures to come! I love this series and I love recommending it to young readers because we all need a little unexpected magic in our lives.
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  • Tena Edlin
    January 1, 1970
    Just as good as the first. Quirky, sweet, and informative. I’d love to read more in this series as Sophie continues to grow in courage and in wisdom, caring for her very unusual chickens. Very fun read.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    [Full disclosure: the author is a friend] Sophie is just getting used to living on a farm in a part of California where there aren't many Hispanic kids like her. The best part of the farm is the collection of unusual chickens she inherited from her great uncle Jim and his friend Agnes--she also inherited Agnes' farm, and is planning to re-establish Agnes' unusual chicken business. To do that, she needs to hatch some fertile eggs that come to her in the mail. It's kind of a scramble, since Sophie [Full disclosure: the author is a friend] Sophie is just getting used to living on a farm in a part of California where there aren't many Hispanic kids like her. The best part of the farm is the collection of unusual chickens she inherited from her great uncle Jim and his friend Agnes--she also inherited Agnes' farm, and is planning to re-establish Agnes' unusual chicken business. To do that, she needs to hatch some fertile eggs that come to her in the mail. It's kind of a scramble, since Sophie has no idea how to hatch eggs, but she gets lots of detailed help from friends in person and online. She also needs to fix up Agnes' farm, and keep learning about farms in general--all while starting at a new school, making a new friend, and spending time with her older cousin Lupe who has moved in to go to a nearby college. It's a full life, and not without lots of ups and downs, but Sophie wouldn't have it any other way.I loveloveloved the first book in this series, and this one had so many fun things in it as well. My favorite parts are about the unusual chickens, and I would have loved more about them and fewer details on how to incubate eggs--that seemed to go on forever. There was more of a throughline in the first book, and I think that would have helped this book as well--I kind of missed the tension about the possible chicken thief. In that, the second half of this book moved a lot faster than the first, after the chicks hatched. I liked Sophie and her cousin's relationship, and Sophie and her friends--I love stories in which people get along with and help each other. Overall, if you loved the first one, definitely give this one a try--wonderful, hilarious pictures once more! I need a t-shirt of irritated Henrietta. :-)
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of Kelly Jones’ Unusual Chickens series back when it was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. It was also my pleasure to meet the very sweet and unassuming author at the Texas Library Association conference that year. Book 2 starts right after book 1 ends as Sophie, her parents and her friends are beginning to get a handle on raising chickens and living in a rural farm community. Sophie is going to try her hand at hatching her own unusual chickens I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of Kelly Jones’ Unusual Chickens series back when it was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. It was also my pleasure to meet the very sweet and unassuming author at the Texas Library Association conference that year. Book 2 starts right after book 1 ends as Sophie, her parents and her friends are beginning to get a handle on raising chickens and living in a rural farm community. Sophie is going to try her hand at hatching her own unusual chickens and hopes to begin fill the coops at Redwood Farm. The tale is told predominantly through letters and emails to the departed Uncle Jim, Agnes and her beloved abuela and to new fellow unusual chicken farmer Hort along with some lists, descriptions of chicken breeds, and awards given to the same. Added bonus—terrific sketches by Katie Kath that accompany and enrich the story every step of the way. I look forward to purchasing this one for both my Intermediate libraries and will be able to recommend it without any content warnings issued. Even Jones’ reference to a same sex couple who provide support to Sophie and her family shouldn’t ruffle too many feathers. Librarians looking to increase the representation of books with positive Hispanic main characters or strong, hard-working girls will find this one fitting those needs nicely. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley.
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  • LibraryDanielle
    January 1, 1970
    As usual, a story written completely in letters isn't my normal style, but I so enjoyed the first Unusual Chickens that when I saw this title on Netgalley I requested it immediately.I LOVE the story of Sophie and her super chickens. I love it even more because Sophie is brown and talks about being brown and how it makes her feel, without making this a Cause Book. She just is, and this is her life. More kids need this kind of story. There's even a [small] passage about racism she encounters and h As usual, a story written completely in letters isn't my normal style, but I so enjoyed the first Unusual Chickens that when I saw this title on Netgalley I requested it immediately.I LOVE the story of Sophie and her super chickens. I love it even more because Sophie is brown and talks about being brown and how it makes her feel, without making this a Cause Book. She just is, and this is her life. More kids need this kind of story. There's even a [small] passage about racism she encounters and how she feels after. I think it's a little glossed over, but the story is told in letters, so we aren't in Sophie's head. In this installment of Sophie's Unusual Chickens Sophie is receiving a clutch of new eggs to hatch. She has to start from scratch with hatching her chickens from learning what an incubator is to discovering what their superpowers are and how to cope. It's a fun read and would be great for a class hatching chickens while they read. There are a lot of little life lessons snuck in- how you can't go it alone, how to ask for help, etc. but they aren't super obvious and they don't beat you over the head. 100% recommend.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to a truly favorite book (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer). The varied format continues here with letters, emails and reports as Sophie takes on the challenge of hatching some unusual chickens, meets a new friend and takes on the big responsibility of Redwood Farm. Lost a little of its pace in the center but the story picked up and had a strong finish. Jones has a sweet light touch with the prose and the story is delightful and entertaining. Kat Thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to a truly favorite book (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer). The varied format continues here with letters, emails and reports as Sophie takes on the challenge of hatching some unusual chickens, meets a new friend and takes on the big responsibility of Redwood Farm. Lost a little of its pace in the center but the story picked up and had a strong finish. Jones has a sweet light touch with the prose and the story is delightful and entertaining. Katie Kath's pen and ink illustrations - especially the chickens add to the fun.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Fun continuation of the series. Sophie is an interesting character and narrates the story through letters, emails, and illustrations.Her newest chicken breathes fire -so she is forced to figure out a way to keep it, as well as the coop and the other chickens, safe. She gets help from Gregory and her friends and relies on Hortence to offer expertise.Would make a good read aloud as it would lead to discussion and show scientific method, problem solving, note taking.DRC from NetGalley and Random Ho Fun continuation of the series. Sophie is an interesting character and narrates the story through letters, emails, and illustrations.Her newest chicken breathes fire -so she is forced to figure out a way to keep it, as well as the coop and the other chickens, safe. She gets help from Gregory and her friends and relies on Hortence to offer expertise.Would make a good read aloud as it would lead to discussion and show scientific method, problem solving, note taking.DRC from NetGalley and Random House
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]4.5 stars. This is a delightful addition to a great series! I love Sophie and all of her unusual chickens. This is a great series that is anchored in reality - with family pieces and friendship pieces and learning to be part of a new community - except for the fun and "unusual" chickens. This is about learning to ask for help and allowing others to be part of your life. I [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]4.5 stars. This is a delightful addition to a great series! I love Sophie and all of her unusual chickens. This is a great series that is anchored in reality - with family pieces and friendship pieces and learning to be part of a new community - except for the fun and "unusual" chickens. This is about learning to ask for help and allowing others to be part of your life. I love all the things Sophie learns in this one. Highly recommend.
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  • Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    This is an absolutely darling follow up to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. I think it would be possible to read as a stand-alone, but I think readers would be well-served to read the first one first, or they might be rather lost. Though that's said from an adult perspective - kids tend to get on board easier than adults, so it might not matter to them. The epistolary format of the first novel continues here, and maybe I'm misremembering, but it feels like there are even more This is an absolutely darling follow up to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. I think it would be possible to read as a stand-alone, but I think readers would be well-served to read the first one first, or they might be rather lost. Though that's said from an adult perspective - kids tend to get on board easier than adults, so it might not matter to them. The epistolary format of the first novel continues here, and maybe I'm misremembering, but it feels like there are even more of the delightful illustrations.
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  • Cindy Dobrez
    January 1, 1970
    The adventures continue with Sophie and her unusual chickens. This one features a fire-breathing chick and the ending gives me hope that something BIG will appear in the next installment. Hooray! It's great to have such a fun Latinx character for middle-grade students. The letters, emails, and observational reports about the chickens are great, and her college-age cousin Lupe is a good addition to the cast.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie continues to chronicle her adventures with unusual chickens through letters to her deceased relatives and a few emails to other people in what is not only a charming take on the epistolary novel, but also a middle grade book that doesn't shy away from things like prejudice or death without making them traumatic. Plus now I want chickens.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI adored the first one in this series, but it hasn't circulated as well as I hoped. Perhaps it is a bit more on the elementary side. This was fun, too, but I think I'll pass.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful! I love it!! Kelly Jones is a master of writing earnest, endearing characters. My favorite book of the year. So sweet and gentle and heartwarming. So happy I preordered it, it was such a treat to read.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    My ten year old son tore through Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and is currently devouring this one, while occasionally stopping to read me funny lines out loud. Definitely a hit!
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer this sequel does not disappoint! Sophie is learning how to be an Exceptional Poultry Farmer and finds out she needs to do things her own way. With the help of her friends, the exceptional poultry community, and a few trusted neighbors, Sophie learns how to hatch her own chicks, one of which is extra exceptional.Sophie finds time between school and her hard work raising chickens to write letters to her deceased Abuela, Uncle Joe, an If you loved Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer this sequel does not disappoint! Sophie is learning how to be an Exceptional Poultry Farmer and finds out she needs to do things her own way. With the help of her friends, the exceptional poultry community, and a few trusted neighbors, Sophie learns how to hatch her own chicks, one of which is extra exceptional.Sophie finds time between school and her hard work raising chickens to write letters to her deceased Abuela, Uncle Joe, and Agnes, the original owner of the farm Sophie inherited. These letters tell the story along with her correspondence to a few exceptional poultry farmers who guide her through a few mishaps. Sophie is still caring and loyal. Her commitment to her chickens make her a very likable character while the surrounding cast all have their own depths.
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