Full disclosure the author is a friend Sophie is just getting used to living on a farm in a part of California where there aren t many Hispanic kids like her The best part of the farm is the collection of unusual chickens she inherited from her great uncle Jim and his friend Agnes she also inherited Agnes farm, and is planning to re establish Agnes unusual chicken business To do that, she needs to hatch some fertile eggs that come to her in the mail It s kind of a scramble, since Sophie has no idea how to hatch eggs, but she gets lots of detailed help from friends in person and online She also needs to fix up Agnes farm, and keep learning about farms in general all while starting at a new school, making a new friend, and spending time with her older cousin Lupe who has moved in to go to a nearby college It s a full life, and not without lots of ups and downs, but Sophie wouldn t have it any other way.I loveloveloved the first book in this series, and this one had so many fun things in it as well My favorite parts are about the unusual chickens, and I would have loved about them and fewer details on how to incubate eggs that seemed to go on forever There was of a throughline in the first book, and I think that would have helped this book as well I kind of missed the tension about the possible chicken thief In that, the second half of this book moved a lot faster than the first, after the chicks hatched I liked Sophie and her cousin s relationship, and Sophie and her friends I love stories in which people get along with and help each other Overall, if you loved the first one, definitely give this one a try wonderful, hilarious pictures once I need a t shirt of irritated Henrietta. This took me a while to get into and not because I didn t read the first book I wasn t sure how I would like the format e mail exchanges and letters written by Sophie, the main character I ended up liking it a lot.Sophie is smart, responsible, honest, vulnerable, and eager to learn and do right by her charges chickens with magical abilities.I loved the sidebars which contained different things such as chicken awards, an occasional recipe, a quiz, and an inspector s report I also loved the dynamics between Sophie and her family, her friends, and the unusual chickens experts.I got annoyed when her parents didn t believe her about her fire breathing chickens, but then again, this is not unusual of adults.Overall, it was a fun read I would have finished it faster had I not been in such a reading slump I ll definitely go back and read the first book. This Laugh Out Loud Sequel To Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer Has EVEN MORE MAGIC CHICKENS Twelve Year Old Sophie Brown Is Finally Settling Into Her New Home And Her New Role As Keeper Of Some Highly Unusual Chickens Chickens With Secret Superpowers But The Arrival Of Two New Magical Chickens For Her Flock And Some Unusual Eggs To Be Incubated And Hatched What Will Their Superpowers Be , Plus An Impending Inspection From The Unusual Poultry Committee Who Even Knew This Existed Has Sophie Feeling Pretty Stressed Out Her Older Cousin, Lupe, Is Coming To Stay With Her Family, Which Is Great But Will Lupe Like Chickens Too And On Top Of It All, Sophie S First Day At Her New School Is Rapidly Approaching In This Wildly Funny And Quirky Novel Told In Letters And Lists And Quizzes, Sophie Learns That Even An Exceptional Poultry Farmer Can Use Some Help This is really fun and sweet I think I preferred the mystery and novelty of the first book but kids who are very into animals will get a lot out of this there s a lot of information about egg hatching and farm life etc, and Sophie remains a delightful correspondent narrator. Just as good as the first Quirky, sweet, and informative I d love to read in this series as Sophie continues to grow in courage and in wisdom, caring for her very unusual chickens Very fun read. There are new characters and new chickens and new adventures for Sophie and her friends and family Plus there s a tease of even new chickens and adventures to come I love this series and I love recommending it to young readers because we all need a little unexpected magic in our lives. This book is a fabulous mix of fun storytelling through letter writing, life lessons, and useful and interesting information about raising chickens And the illustrations are THE BEST I dare anyone not to love Henrietta, one cranky and unusual chicken.I read this book myself, then couldn t stop talking about it to my twelve year old twins, who also picked it up We raise chickens ourselves, so they agree that the author really knows what she s writing about.My favorite quote, p 208 Dad says it s best to forgive people and move on with your life instead of using all your energy up being mad at them But Mom says sometimes things really aren t fair, and sometimes being mad helps you understand that they aren t your fault, and that those things should change, not you. E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI adored the first one in this series, but it hasn t circulated as well as I hoped Perhaps it is a bit on the elementary side This was fun, too, but I think I ll pass. We started raising chickens when our daughter was just a baby, so she has grown up with a yard of feathered friends She enjoys their eggs and the song they sing when the lay an egg , chicken jokes, and collecting the feathers when they fall out.Last year we came across the children s middle grade book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer about 12 year old Sophie Brown who has just moved with her parents from L.A to a farm they inherit from a great uncle Jim Sophie finds a small flock of hens on the farm and learns rather quickly that these are no ordinary chickens they have powers Sophie is both determined and resourceful as she learns about chickens and how to care for them and handle their unusual abilities.When I found the sequel on NetGalley recently, I had to request an ARC to find out what happens next in Sophie s adventure In Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken , Sophie is settling in at Blackbird Farm and adding new magical chickens to her flock She has inherited Redwood Farm from Agnes, an exceptional poultry farmer who raised and sold unusual chickens for many years.To continue Agnes s work with unusual chickens, Sophie is sent a batch of eggs to hatch all by herself in an incubator and she s excited to learn what their super powers will be Since the new flock cannot be added to her existing flock because of the pecking order , Sophie needs to prepare Redwood Farm for its first new flock of chickens in ages With her friends and her cousin Lupe who has recently moved in to attend a nearby college they clean up Redwood Farm with the help of their community.It isn t long after the eggs have hatched that Sophie finds one chicken has an alarming power that could be dangerous While navigating her new school, new and exisiting friendships, Sophie also has to learn how to care for baby chicks, keep up with her chicken chores and Redwood Farm, and face her first inspection with the Unusual Poultry Committee This was another fun and quirky novel in this children s middle grade series told in letters e mails, lists, and quizzes I enjoy the chicken facts and the information included brief but accurate descriptions on molting, incubating hatching, etc and my daughter loves the funny powers the chickens have Young readers can also learn a great deal from Sophie, who is enthusiastic, determined, and caring I look forward to seeing what happens next at Blackbird and Redwood Farms Thanks to Knopf Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken is scheduled for release on November 6, 2018.For full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com Are there going to be of this series I love how the book has a good balance of humor and emotion It is enough to cry at some parts, but always a good laugh next to it This book always will be one of my favorites in humor.