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All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.
About the Author
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is the author of many children’s books, including Chicks Rule!, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!, and Quackenstein Hatches a Family. She lives in New Jersey with her family. Renée Kurilla is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Pickwicks’ Picnic. She is also the author-illustrator of One Springy, Singy Day. She lives just south of Boston with her family.
Renée Kurilla is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Pickwicks’ Picnic and the Ada Lace chapter book series. Renée was a lead artist at FableVision Studios for nearly 10 years. She lives just south of Boston with her family.
"Appropriately for her theme, Bardhan-Quallen's rhyming text has the rhythmic quality of a chant. Kurilla supplies paneled pictures of stubby little chicks of many colors, all frowning adorably with determination... There's no questioning its energy. I am woman, hear me peep."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A fun and lively read-aloud about empowering girls, and a splendid example of what a community can accomplish when everyone is included."
— School Library Journal
"The upbeat tone will speak to all, as will the inclusive message that the chicks tape to the control panel of their rocket ship: 'Everyone allowed!'"
Isla Morley's The Last Blue takes place mainly in 1937 and a bit in the 1970s and is about Havens, a struggling photographer and his reporter sent by Roosevelt to document America’s working class. They are sent to Appalachia and encounter elusive-for-a-reason siblings who are Blue people. The photographer is instantly smitten, falls (literally) head over heels for Jubilee and tries to keep quiet about these folks in the hollers who are “different”. This historical fiction novel indicates clearly the depths of hatred some “right-colored” people have for people who are “different” (poverty, upbringing, skin color) from themselves but is finally, a luminous love story, with Havens learning to let go as Jubilee learns to stand up for herself. When I slow down my reading as I enter the last chapters of a book, I just want to stay within this book’s “walls” and not escape to the real world. - reviewed by Maureen