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Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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Jan 03, 2011

it was ok
Read in December, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Tobin's mother is dead. His father isn't really caring for him in any way except providing a place to sleep. His grandmother is crazy, but cares for him. Oh, yeah, Tobin's grandmother blames his father for the death of his mother causing them both to hate each other. Tobin is caught in the middle and he really doesn't expect much out of himself and no one expects much from him. In fact, if he can just stay out of trouble he will be doing a lot better than his older siblings.

Tobin's loner tendencies lead him to Henry. Henry is a lover of chickens. In fact, Henry believes that you can learn a lot just from watching and studying chickens. Henry convinces Tobin to joing he and his brother in their enterprising chicken business. Tobin finds that by opening himself up to Henry, and the chickens, he has a lot more potential than he knows.

Then he is stuck in the middle of a fight between his dad and grandmother and must use his lessons to find his own truth.

The text is a little hokey, with Tobin's voice using words that you cannot see a middle schooler saying. The ending is rushed creating a work that is not truly satisfying.

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Barbie Salinas Great book

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Barbie Salinas (:

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