A laugh out loud, epistolary novel about rare chicken breeds might seem an unlikely vehicle for a subtle account of racial prejudice but this is just that. When her father loses his job,twelve year old Sophie, our strong and resourceful protagonist, has to move from LA to the half derelict farm her parents have inherited .While her Mexican,writer mother struggles to meet deadlines and her white father tries to find a job, Sophie has more pressing issues: chickens. A dramatic and hilarious story unfolds as she discovers that she is the rightful owner of some remarkable hens that, having been stolen, are now gradually finding their way back home. The story skilfully captures her awareness of the racial issues and feelings of isolation that come with being the only 'brown ' child in this small farming community and of her parents' economic struggles. The many black and white line drawings by Katie Heath are also very funny.