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Chicken Girl

Heather T. Smith

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Random House
01 December 2020
Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she's having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her- Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.
By:   Heather T. Smith
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 139mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9780143198703
ISBN 10:   014319870X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 18 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

HEATHER SMITH is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her previous novel, The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, received a starred review from Kirkus and Quill & Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe & Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People).

Reviews for Chicken Girl

On CBC's 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to Look For in Spring 2019 On OLA's Forest of Reading Teen Committee Summer 2019 Reading List Chicken Girl strongly advocates for the possibility of change and the importance of optimism, even as it acknowledges that bad things happen to good people all the time. . . . There is a lot to enjoy and admire here, including a heroine with a good voice, an immersive setting, an excellent cast of characters and deft pacing. --CM Magazine This book is filled with unexpected moments and must not be missed by YA readers and adults lucky enough to discover it. --Tulsa Book Review A vibrant, engaging read. --The Telegram (St. John's)


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