The Woefield Poultry Collective – Susan Juby

From the woman who put Smithers, BC on the map in her Young Adult Alice series comes an adult novel about another small place that generates big comedy. When energetic, enthusiastic eco-warrior Prudence Burns inherits a rundown farm from her long-lost uncle, she moves to Vancouver Island to farm it. Unfortunately, the main crop seems to be rocks and its only livestock is a semi-sheared, depressed sheep named Bertie. Prudence puts a motley crew of characters to work to save the farm, coming up with one harebrained scheme after another until she hits on an idea that just might work, if she can get them all to agree. I found this book to be up to Susan Juby’s usual heights of hilarity. Each character had a distinct voice and I enjoyed that the chapters rotated between them all to tell the story, rather than just being from one point of view. My favourite character was Sara – I would be happy to help her look for books on chickens in our library! (submitted by GH)

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