Returning to the family homestead intensifies twelve-year-old Sammy’s longing for the family heritage—farming. But Dad’s ultimatum, “… no crops, no animals, no barn…” shows Dad wants nothing to do with farming, for himself or Sammy. Then why did Dad insist Sammy join a farming club?
Permission slips for Ag club summer projects are due. Sammy defends his project choice with, “Technically, Dad, chickens are birds not animals.” Miraculously, he wins Dad’s approval.
Sammy’s problems begin with the early arrival of his peeps and the loss of his best pals. His ingenuity to care for his chicks, make a new friend, and design a compost bin win him a new name. His biggest challenge—can he butcher his roosters?
Summer’s many adventures include solving a mystery, fighting a hawk, and being disqualified at the County Fair.
At the end of the project, has he won…or lost…the thing he wanted most—Dad’s change of heart about farming?
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About the Author
The family moved to Pace, Florida where her life changed from being an "at home" mother to being a "working" mother. She retired after twenty-six years of working for the United States Government.
Besides her family, which includes a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and a great grandchild, she enjoys sewing, needlework, remodeling, gardening, canning, reading...and the joyful challenge of writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was finally able to sleep in relative comfort last night...first time in almost two weeks, so while the spine is not screaming at me every three seconds, I finished reading G.L.'s Tween Fiction, ALL BECAUSE OF CHICKENS. I'm going to begin this review, with the obvious...the title is clever and enticing. Well done on that. This is a story that takes place in my old stomping grounds, around and about State College, PA. State College is the main home of Penn State University...a well known college around the world, because of its infamous football team and its equally infamous former coach Joe Paterno. The events in this book, though can take place anywhere...for me they took place about four hours east of State College in between two small towns, WYCOMBE and PINEVILLE: not far from NEW HOPE, PA. I no longer live there...unfortunately...and I miss it horribly...but this book for a heartbeat, brought me home. Reading this book took me back to my own years on the farm and participating in the 4-H club. I rolled sod, I milked cows, I collected eggs (In this story the hens don't seem to mind having their oval treasures collected...on the farm I worked, they weren't quite so accommodating...hens have beaks and know how to use them.) For those who do not know the first thing about farming, organic planting, cooperation that leads to deep and lasting friendships, G.L. gives us that and so much more. She paints this story with the very rich pallet of her words and does it so well you can smell the various aromas in the air, hear the happy chirping and clucking if you turn your ear just a little-that way, and find yourself thoroughly engrossed in the journey Sammy has undertaken. Surprisingly you find yourself cheering for Sam, his girls, and Mai Li, the girl he comes to share the day-to-day highs and lows of this ever changing landscape with. There is mystery, jealousy, loyalty and growth. I found myself wanting to reach into this world G.L. creates and pluck the stiff rigidity from the judges at the fair...and I smiled like a loon when the final act played out. When I was a teacher, I would have snatched this book up and built at least a month's worth of lesson plans in ALL subjects around it...making this a book my students would remember long after the last lesson was revealed and explored. Therefore, to give this incredible book with it's entrancing title less than FIVE STARS would be a miscarriage of justice. So G.L. for one of the best stories for our youth that I've read in a long time....ALL BECAUSE OF CHICKENS...has richly earned its FIVE STARS. Well done you...oh and before I wrap this, may I add, I really hope this is book ONE of a series?