Cheating for the Chicken Man

Cheating for the Chicken Man

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A companion novel to Priscilla Cumming's highly acclaimed"The Red Kayak"and"The Journey Back"
Thirteen-year-old Kate Tyler must ask herself how far she will go to protect her older brother, J.T., when he returns home after nearly a year in a juvenile detention facility, only to find himself ostracized and bullied as he attempts to make a fresh start. Kate compromises her own values and risks getting herself into serious trouble as she launches a secret campaign to protect her brother long enough for him to find his place in the family and in the world again.
As a follow-up to "Red Kayak, Cheating for the Chicken Man "brings J.T., Kate, and Brady Parks together again as they struggle with the complicated issues of fairness, friendship, and forgiveness.
* "Kate s perspective is authentic. Especially for readers who enjoyed "Red Kayak," this novel is an engaging choice that offers a different perspective on a tragic event." "School Library Connection," starred review
"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss." "Kirkus Reviews""
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 249.48g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014242742X
  • 9780142427422

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Praise for "Cheating for the Chicken Man"
"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss." "Kirkus Reviews
""Cummings conveys a strong sense of rural Maryland, along with the hard choices faced by families who run company-owned poultry farms. Leaving no pat answers, and plenty to discuss, the book should find a broad audience." "Booklist
""The familiar moral dilemmas of bullying and cheating are raised with enough complexity to make this a good choice to share with small groups of readers." "VOYA"
Praise for Priscilla Cummings'"The Red Kayak"and"The Journey Back"
A Bank Street College Best Children s Books of the Year for 2013
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2006
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2005
VOYA s Review Editor s Choice List, 2005
Cummings has created a multifaceted story that is as much about the families and life in the Chesapeake as it is about a prank gone awry .This well-crafted novel will have broad appeal. "School Library Journal "on "Red Kayak"
With this finely crafted novel, Cummings firmly establishes herself as an outstanding writer for early teens. The writing here is direct and clear; the setting, characterizations, and voice ring with authenticity; the situation is tense and the stakes high. "VOYA "on "Red Kayak"
This high-action journey has suspense to spare. "Booklist" on "The Journey Back""
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About Priscilla Cummings

Priscilla Cummings is the author of eight novels for children. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
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139 ratings
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4 38% (53)
3 29% (40)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (2)
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