The Chicken Doesn't Skate
By Gordon Korman
Scholastic Press, 1996. Fiction. 197 p.
Milo decides to do his sixth grade science fair project on “The Complete Life Cycle of a Link in the Food Chain” which involves following a baby chick from birth to frying pan. But when Milo brings his specimen, a baby chick, to class, everyone falls in love with it and makes Henrietta the class pet. Through zany situations (which Korman is really good at writing) Henrietta becomes involved in so many students' lives and even becomes the mascot for the school’s hockey team.
It’s probably because I am missing hockey (Is it October yet?) but when I saw that Korman, one of my favorite Children’s/Teen author had a written a hockey story I couldn’t resist posting about it even though the story was written in the '90s. Even with the passage of time, the humor still plays out well and will have the reader laughing and gasping “oh no!” with the antics of the class as they try to save Henrietta. Told from the viewpoints of multiple class members this book, makes for a great listen with multiple narrators, so check out the audio version, which we have available through RBdigital.