The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon

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Welcome to Horse Island, where knowing about chickens is the key to popularity and eggs are more valuable than money. This is where eleven-year-old Don Schmidt lives on a chicken farm with his parents. He is sort of unpopular, both at home (where his mother refers nonstop to his talented, dancing, dead sister, Dawn) and at school (where the other kids call him “new kid” even though he’s been at the school for several years).With nowhere else to turn, Don begins a friendship with the chickens that live outside his window on the family’s farm.

Then one day, Don enters the chicken-judging contest at the local dairy festival and becomes the youngest person in history ever to win. This spurs a dramatic chain of events that makes Don the most popular kid in town. But it also leads him to discover that his parents have been hiding family secrets.

Jacques Couvillon has created a refreshing story with a character who is charming, sincere, and just so funny. The Chicken Dance is an entertaining page-turner that readers will not want to put down.

About Jacques Couvillon

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JACQUES COUVILLON was born and raised on a farm in Cow Island, Louisiana.  Although he has lived in different cities, he will always consider Cow Island as his home. He will not say which, but some of the events in The Chicken Dance may actually have happened to Jacques.
Published June 18, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 326 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young readers’ hearts will ache for naïve, vulnerable Don as his parents forget his birthday and ignore his victory at the chicken-judging contest, and swell with pride for him as he extends compassion and generosity in the face of complicated revelations and the difficult choices that follow.

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Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon 323pp, Bloomsbury, £6.99 Don Schmidt, the narrator of Chicken Dance, is big on chickens.

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In order to inherit the house, the Schmidts will have to maintain a minimum of 25 chickens.

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