Chicken Girl

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Poppy and Cam are twins and, now in high school, still incredibly close. Poppy works as a sign-swinging chicken at Chen’s Chicken Wings, but the costume may be more of a hiding place after she suffers cyberbullying than it is for her job. She meets a six-year-old girl, Miracle, who seems to be homeless. Poppy meets Miracle’s homeless friends, who are really taking care of her while her mother, a prostitute, works. It’s complicated. While this going on, Cam, who came out as gay a couple of years prior, takes a job at a posh beauty salon with a smarmy boss. Poppy’s interactions with the homeless people and her brother take some strange and difficult turns. Events seem to be breaking them apart.

Author Heather Smith has written an amazingly powerful YA novel, filled with humor and pathos, with an extraordinary cast of characters — damaged, redeemable, and credible — who make this story one of the most memorable and important to come along in quite awhile. Her writing is beautiful and her storytelling is terrific. This book is filled with unexpected moments and must not be missed by YA readers and adults lucky enough to discover it.

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Author Heather T. Smith
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Penguin Teen
Publish Date 2019-03-05
ISBN 9780143198680
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Issue May 2019
Category Young Adult


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