The Debut Club: An Interview with Kelly Jones, author of UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

Sweet Sixteener Heidi Heilig recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Kelly Jones about her debut MG fantasy novel, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER (May 12, 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers).

Kelly Jones Author PhotoAbout the Author: 

Kelly Jones is a curious person, interested in chickens, magic, farm life, spies, sewing, the odd everyday bits of history, how to make sauerkraut, how to walk goats, superheroes and what makes them so super, recipes to make with a lot of eggs, anything with ghosts (particularly friendly ghosts), how to draw chickens that actually look like chickens, and any story she’s never heard before.

Find Kelly on her website, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse….

And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe.

Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more.

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER is available for pre-order from AmazonPowell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

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