Nicola Morgan Chicken Friend

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Chicken Friend

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When her eccentric parents suddenly move their family to a new home, an insecure girl discovers the downside of changing herself to fit in.

I suppose they're all saying I messed up. Yes, well, I'd like to see you cope any better if you had a family like mine . . .straight out of Crazyville.

Getting plucked out of school, uprooted from your city home, separated from a loyal friend, and plunked into the boonies to be homeschooled is hard enough. Add to that a seriously weird family — Dad, the convention-flouting writer; Mom, the scatter-brained inventor; and gross younger twin brothers — and eleven-year-old Becca is sure she will never find another friend, especially if she reveals that she has diabetes. Just when it seems her pet chickens are destined to be her only confidants, Becca meets up with a cool, super-trendy pair of girls who not only want to be friends but also invite their whole gang to Becca's twelfth birthday party, which her parents are letting her have in the empty barn (no grownups allowed). Life is finally looking up — so why does Becca have the nagging feeling that things are about to spin out of control?

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Nicola Morgan is the author of many books for children and young adults, including MONDAYS ARE RED and FLESHMARKET. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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I suppose they're all saying I messed up. Yes, well, I'd like to see you cope any better if you had a family like mine. I was only doing my best. But when you have a family straight out of Crazyville, "best" doesn't actually make that much difference. Like trying to clean up a gallon of spilled milk with a Kleenex.

Personally, I blame them. The crazy family.

Right now, I am sitting in the chicken coop on my own — apart from the chickens. It's a good place to sit and think and try to work out where it all went wrong. And to wait. Chickens don't judge; they are good listeners.

Well, obviously, they don't understand, but they do all the other things that good listeners do. Like nod. And not make totally stupid comments or do something grossly gross, like my brothers. And not say, "You should write it down as a story, Becca — you'll feel so much better," like my dad. And not suddenly shout, "Got it!" and run out of the room muttering numbers and scattering bits of wire and pieces of not-quite-finished inventions, like my mom.

Let me explain. Back to the day it began, about ten days ago. Only ten days? It feels like forever.

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CHICKEN FRIEND by Nicola Morgan. Copyright (c) 2005 by Nicola Morgan. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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