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Meet Tobin McCauley. He's got a near-certifiable grandmother, a pack of juvenile-delinquent siblings, and a dad who's not going to win father of the year any time soon. To top it off, Tobin's only friend truly believes that the study of chickens will reveal...the meaning of life? Getting through seventh grade isn't easy for anyone, but when the first day of school starts oMeet Tobin McCauley. He's got a near-certifiable grandmother, a pack of juvenile-delinquent siblings, and a dad who's not going to win father of the year any time soon. To top it off, Tobin's only friend truly believes that the study of chickens will reveal...the meaning of life? Getting through seventh grade isn't easy for anyone, but when the first day of school starts out with your granny's arrest, you know you've got real problems. Throw on a five-day suspension, a chicken that lays green eggs, and a family feud that's tearing everyone to pieces, and you're in for one heck of a ride....

Title : Chicken Boy
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ISBN : 9781416934820
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Chicken Boy Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-02-19 18:18

    Tale of a dysfunctional red-neck family which has sort of fallen apart since the mother got sick and died. The father spends most of his time at work or away, the kids have had run-ins with the law and the youngest, Tobin, is quickly becoming a problem child at his local middle school. What makes this work is that it's told from the point of view of Tobin. He's still got a childish optimism buried beneath the thorny exterior he's cultivated and when he makes friends with chicken obsessed kid from his school, he starts to become human again. What makes this story compelling is how believable it is and how commonplace all the story elements are. The kids are likeable, the parents and grandparents become understandable by the end and its only toward the end that we start to see the whole picture. At just over 200 pages and aimed at the ages 10 and up set, it's a fast worthwhile read.

  • Samantha Boyette
    2019-02-07 17:02

    First off, this could have been a four star book if it wasn't for the rather abrupt ending. I accept that sometimes ending a book this way is a decent author's choice, but I still don't like it.Overall this was a quick, enthralling read. The characters are unforgettable and relate to. It was easy to imagine that this was the family that lives down the road. Though it is a very simple story, it has a lot of deeper moments too it that make it a good read for both younger and older audiences. Definitely made me want to start raising chickens.

  • Bella T
    2019-02-03 14:16

    I loved this book so much! But what I liked where the characters. That has to be mostly why I would most definitely recommend this book. The characters in this story truly made the whole book even better! I love the traits and background story for each of the characters in the novel. Like on pages 69-72 where Granny met Henry for the first time. I love Granny’s personality! How she’s somewhat crazy yet so wise and how she remembers so much! Another thing I liked extravagantly was on pages 14 and 15 where Tobin was aloof from the other kids. I liked his lonely state almost as much as I felt bad for him. And when Henry helped him out on page 16? That had to have been the best thing ever. Let’s just say, I really liked the characters. The next best thing in this novel was the overall story line. I loved how Henry and Tobin came together on page 16. Such a unique situation in my opinion! A lone kid gets in a fight, Henry helps him, it’s so heartwarming! Another thing I loved about the storyline had to be how the author brought in the death of Tobin’s mother. He wasn’t like; “Oh, my mother is dead.” Or something like that from Tobin’s point of view. He brought it about in the first few chapters of the book where the author doesn’t mention a thing about a mother being in the family.Now, I think we can all relate to being alone. Relate to family struggles. The thing I like about this book is that you can take these situations and know that they can really happen. Maybe they have happened. I know I can make the self connection of being alone and bullied. On page 8-10, Tobin was made fun of for his speech. He uses the word ain’t to substitute the word isn’t which is what many people do. But since Tobin was doing so, the other kids took the trouble to mock him for it. Another place I see text to self connections in this book is most definitely with the whole family issues. Throughout the whole book, Tobin’s family had different problems that they eventually overcame. I liked this addition to the book due to knowing that so many other people went through similar issues. I really hope my little review made you want to read this amazing story! And if you do read it, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy reading!

  • Bruce
    2019-02-14 16:12

    Tobin McCauley's new friend and seventh-grade classmate, Henry Otis is obsessed with chickens. He and his younger brother are raising five and they want Tobin to join them in their chicken business. As Henry puts it, “Tobin, my man, you are going to learn about chickens. And when you to learn about chickens, you will learn about life.”Tobin’s really more interested in getting something to eat. Since his mama died five years ago there’s not much food around the house. His older brothers, his sister and his dad aren’t home all that much and there’s nothing in the refrigerator except a jar of clam juice, two cans of beer, and seven bottles of his sister’s nail polish. It’s enough to drive him to his Granny’s house, at least she’s got some food, and she’s at home now since the judge revoked her license for thirty days because she ran over the sidewalk driving Tobin to school on the first day. It scattering all the kids, but he did get there on time, after the police report was done.

  • Tony
    2019-02-16 16:17

    This book was breath taking and made me have other thoughts. Even though this book may look small, it makes you think about how you feel if something bad happens. Tobin McCauley tells an amazing story of having a granny's arrest and going further into how it affects him. He gets a 5-day suspension in gym class because he stood up to a bully and this he made a new friend called Harrison who felt touched by how much Tobin is suffering. They become good friends and decide to observe chickens. Sometimes I picture me as a freshman in the first day of school having horrible things happening. I recommend this book to anyone with it's intense details and how we all feel on the first day of school-worried.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-07 15:00

    The McCauley family has disintegrated with the death of their ma and for Tobin, a new 7th grader, this means being driven to school by granny (who drives on the sidewalk and is arrested on the first day of school), being suspended within the first week for fighting, and going home to a dirty kitchen piled high with moldy food but nothing to eat.What saves Tobin's downward spiral is Henry, who has a passion for studying chickens that he shares with Tobin and who guides and encourages Tobin to learn about chickens, and by extension, life.Wonderfully Southern (check Amazon's excerpt of the opening chapters), it's the narrative voice that'll hook you...

  • Carol
    2019-01-30 20:15

    This is juvenile fiction about Tobin McCauley who is just starting 7th grade. Beyond that little is straight forward. Tobin lives in a dysfunctional family, a father who is not doing a very good job of physically caring for his children after the death of his wife and a family which has not properly dealt with the grief of their loss. Despite the heavy topic, their is much humour and eventual the beginnings of healing. When family fails to fulfill nurturing rolls, mercifully others often step in to fulfill those rolls.

  • Lucia
    2019-01-27 12:27

    I realized, and I guess not for the first time, how much I truly enjoy southern fiction while listening to this in the car. The temptation to listen to it again was very strong. Tobin's family was trying to heal from the death of his mother, now five years gone. Tobin's father wasn't holding up his end of the bargain. Tobin and his best/only friend try to figure out the meaning of life by raising and studying the life and times of a few chickens.Very sweet and sometimes laugh out loud funny.

  • Mummum601
    2019-02-12 18:29

    I thought this would be a good book for my 11 year old boy ,who is a reluctant reader at best, to read for a school book report. Well he tore through this book in a week, stayed up at night to read it and the ending " ... made me cry Mum, it was sad then happy." I think this book is a good introduction to reading "novels" ,a sometimes difficult transition for boys who previously read only Calvin and Hobbes and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-08 13:27

    A wonderful book with terrific voice from all of its characters. Sad, but engaging and terrifically funny, the main character, Tobin McCauley, is a seventh grader in Raleigh, NC. The book tells his story of coming to terms with being the new kid in school, seeing his grandmother arrested in front of his school on the first day and watching his family unit fall apart. I loved every minute of reading this story and highly recommend it to anyone of any age.

  • Ms. Risch
    2019-02-10 18:21

    I enjoyed this one. It was very realistic, but wasn't overly depressing or too mushy-gushy. Nobody learns a very special life lesson. There's no family secret that tears everybody apart. It's a very simple story of a kid trying to make the best of his circumstances and (very!) imperfect family situation.

  • Colby L
    2019-02-10 12:15

    This book was really good. Tobin McCauley is starting 7th grade. After his grandma parks on the sidewalk to drop Tobin off at school, she gets arrested. To make things worse, he gets suspended for fighting. Then his grandma makes him go over to Henry Otis's to see his chickens. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes animals. This book was really good!

  • Brenda
    2019-01-21 15:10

    What a great book! It caught my eye because of the boy on the cover. A perfect model for Tobin. I read it in one afternoon at the beach. The author made him so real for me, I couldn't help caring about him. I'm going to urge my kids to read it. Of course that means they will read anything BUT this book, but I'll try!

  • Jessica
    2019-02-13 13:28

    Not only did I love Tobin McCauley, I loved everything else about this story of an unlikely friendship between two boys engaged in a chicken-raising enterprise. As a bonus, I learned a lot about chickens, too. Did you know that Araucanas lay blue eggs?

  • Andrew Tache
    2019-02-15 19:16

    Chicken Boy is a nice quick read for anyone who needs one. It it very interesting and weird and is not for a specific group of people to read. I definitely recommend to all of my peers who are looking for a quick read and need a quick book to read.

  • Kevin O'leary
    2019-01-23 19:13

    Tobin lived with his grandmother on a farm with his juvenile delinquent siblings. Tobins best friend believes that the study of chickens brings out the true meaning of life. Tobins first day of school starts with the arrest of his grandmother.

  • Marcia
    2019-02-18 16:07

    Loving this book....As good as Dovey Coe was. Reading it in one day really gave me the chance to step into his life. Some kids can be amazing in the face of adversity.

  • Anna Ciddor
    2019-01-31 16:11

    Listened on audio. This is a very moving and gripping story about a troubled boy and his family. I found the unresolved ending a bit unsatisfying but loved the rest of it.

  • Connie
    2019-02-13 18:02

    Loved this book about the power of friendship to change a life. I already have a lesson planned using chapter 1 for the beginning of the school year.

  • Brittany
    2019-01-24 20:14

    I found this book quite by accident. It's a cute story about how raising chickens impacts a young boy's family life. The boys in the story remind me of my son.

  • MrsSteinhauser
    2019-01-27 20:00

    If you liked Freak the Mighty you might like this book!

  • Catherine Jett
    2019-02-12 20:01

    I did not really get hooked on this book, until the end portion, when I stayed up to finish it. It is not exceptionally riveting or anything. However, the writing is very enjoyable, and I liked quite a few of the phrases that dotted the story line. I do not agree with the description line for the book that says, "a family feud tearing the family apart". It is more like the aftermath and struggles from a death in the family that is making the family dysfunctional. In fact, the family does not fight all that much - just a feud between the father and the mother-in-law that does not dominate the storyline, or the lessons learned. I picked this book up because we have just gotten involved recently with chickens, and I think that is why I and one of the kids liked this book as much as we did. If we had no connection to chickens, I would not have checked the book out, I don't think. I also think it would not have resonated as much with us as it did, if we were not involved with chickens ourselves. The chicken factor was definitely a draw for us. I recommend this book for late elementary and middle school readers who love to read, and read a lot of books, enjoying many different plots and styles. Unless there is a compelling reason, I would wait to get it for the reluctant reader, who finds many books boring, because there are a lot more action packed and riveting alternatives that would hook a reader who does not enjoy books as much as avid readers. I also recommend this book to any kid who is interested in sociology, psychology and family dynamics from the loss of a loved one. The story is as much about a family thrown into depression and avoidance from loss as it is about chickens.

  • R.E. Vaughn
    2019-02-18 18:13

    Exceptional prose written in an easy-to-read style. The author's effective use of subtle subtext, snappy and lively dialogue, and truly three-dimensional characterization, makes the reading experience come alive in this wonderful book. All the storyline's characters, each with a not-so-predictable attitude and outlook upon each other and the lives they live, make this book a real winner in my opinion. I couldn't but help fall in love with the character of Granny. I haven't laughed this much in years. Loved it. Thank you so much, Frances O'Roark Dowell!

  • J.
    2019-02-01 20:11

    Tobin is a young lad whose mum has died, dad isn't quite able to fill her shoes and Granny is not quite all there. He's failing at school and has little hope for a future, until he meets Henry. Henry likes chickens.It's a story of friendship and having faith in your friends, aimed at 11- 13 year olds.

  • Laura
    2019-02-13 14:11

    Interesting take on a boy whose family has been upended by the loss of a mother & a father overwhelmed. Top it off w/ problems at school, friends, chickens,& a crazy scheming grandmother & you have a making of a great story.

  • Danette
    2019-01-30 20:06

    A boy gains a friend and some chickens while he is going through the grief of losing his mother and the custody battle between his father & grandmother.A little mild language.2018 - A novel by an author you have never read before.

  • Leonard
    2019-02-11 15:08

    Short book about a boy who loves chickens, his dad and grandmother, and the social worker who decides he needs a better place to live.

  • Chris
    2019-02-03 12:29

    wonderful story!

  • Josiah
    2019-01-23 19:13

    A flat rating of two stars may come up short of what I'd like to give this book. I'm not sure that I would rate Chicken Boy as two and a half stars, but I would probably at least consider it. When attempting to write a book in a first-person voice noticeably accented by the verbiage and tonal flow of a particular geographic region, I think it's nearly always the writer's goal to get the reader to hear the accent in his or her head. Certain words or phrases can help achieve this effect; in Chicken Boy, it's the oft-repeated "son" that Tobin uses at times to end his sentences, even just in his own thoughts. It adds a discernible twang to the entire narrative, making the story sound as if it were being related by a real southerner. And Tobin makes a very good narrator, telling his life story on an even emotional keel, never getting too high or too low. Come whatever may be waiting around the bend, Tobin is willing and able to take it all in stride. Tobin is a new seventh grader at his school the year when his life begins to change for the better. His mother died several years ago, his father is heavily involved in his job, and he's never had any friends; until, that is, he meets Henry in gym class. The fact that Tobin and Henry meet at all comes as a result of a flukey fight that Tobin has with a much bigger kid who was making rude remarks about the one teacher who seems to understand Tobin at all. Seeing Tobin, always an enigma to the class and normally so reserved, take up the cause of a teacher's honor is enough of a positive impression for Henry to join him in the scrum against the bigger kid. Detentions and suspensions follow, but something has changed for Tobin now that he has a friend, though he doesn't yet have any idea that his life will never again be quite the same. Initially hesitant to lend his part to a friendship with Henry since he's never had friends before, Tobin soon realizes that Henry is quite an interesting person. Enamored of chickens (!) to the extent that he keeps a few of his own in a coop at his house, Henry's enthusiasm for the feathered animals eventually spreads to Tobin, who comes to understand that he may have underestimated chickens in the past. They're not just some foolish barn animal; chickens really seem to listen when he talks to them, which is more than he can say for his family and most of his teachers. Chickens are eccentric birds, for sure, but sometimes one can learn to look past a few personality quirks and see through to the good qualities that make an animal, or a person, worth knowing. As Tobin is earning a more solid understanding of his life through better knowledge of chickens, a battle looks to be brewing between his father and his granny, who lives within walking distance of their house and hasn't gotten along with Tobin's father at all since her daughter, Tobin's mother, passed away. Now there's even some talk beginning that she might be interested in having Tobin come live with her for a while, but could he really bring himself to move out of his house even if his father is hardly ever around for him? It all seems to come back to the chickens for Tobin. By trying to figure out what all is going on in the heads of these flightless birds, and wondering if there's more to their minds than just a few nerves attached to a little rock of a brain, Tobin gains insight into the primary relationships in his own life. The people that he knows may not always take the best courses of action, but just as with the chickens, it can be okay to like them despite their shortcomings and eccentricities, to sacrifice a certain amount of personal stability for the privilege of having friends and family in his life. It may be a bumpy ride, but it's a ride worth taking.I like author Frances O'Roark Dowell's writing style. She never fails to dream up a good story concept, and her well-earned reputation for creating memorable characters will only be enhanced by her work in Chicken Boy. This is a short, to-the-point novel that should go by quickly for most readers, but will likely leave them with the feeling that they are a little bit better off for the experience of having read it. I know I feel that way.

  • Ashley Westegaard
    2019-02-18 15:29

    This book was about a young boy whose mother passed away five years earlier and his father is not often around. He and his siblings often fend for themselves for food and live in a dirty home. He also has a grandma that he visits often. He ends up meeting a new friend at school and is first hesitant because the new student has an unusual love for chickens. As the story goes on he develops his friendship and faces challenges along the way. I think this book is a great read for anyone but as a future teacher it really pulled at my heart strings. I know there are so many students in schools around the country that are not sure of their next meal or don’t have stable home environments. I think this is an excellent book for young readers to get an idea of how different children can live.