Acclaimed children's author Jacques Couvillon grew up on a Louisiana chicken farm just like the young protagonist in The Chicken Dance. Don Schmidt's birthday is coming fast! He can't wait to find out what kind of surprises his mom and dad are sure to have in store for him. But when Don's special day finally arrives, he is saddened when his weird parents get into another argument. What can Don do to make his mom see that he is a good son?
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by Gary Paulsen
by Levi Pinfold
by Jenny Hubbard
"Teenager Don Schmidt is known among his peers for being the youngest kid ever to win the local chicken-judging contest. His hobby brings him not only the joys and tribulations of friendship in a new town, but is also the conduit for more surprising situations. In particular, he comes to learn more about his parents and the intricacies of their relationship--and his own relationship with them--as well as the whereabouts of his missing sister. Steve Boyer portrays multiple characters with ease. Keen observer Don is paramount, but Boyer also gives voice to his friend and sometimes enemy, Leon; his needy and manipulative mom; and his tense and injured dad. The way Boyer lets his voice trail off in uncertainty allows the listener to ponder each moment of Don's coming-of-age. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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