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Luff, Nathan: Chicken Stu.

** LUFF, Nathan Chicken Stu Scholastic, 2010 186pp $15.99 pbk ISBN 9781741695564 SCIS 1454565

When Stuart's widowed mother needs a holiday he has to stay with his crazy cousins in the bush. For an asthmatic city boy who is prone to panic, this is not a happy prospect and his fears are realised. He prefers to stay inside the farmhouse reading but his cousins want to toughen him up. The characters are well drawn and convincing; the story progresses largely through their dialogue, which is strong on youthful vernacular. In addition to the 'adventures' Smart is subjected to, his difficulties--such as the recent death of his father and his own anxiety--are sympathetically portrayed and his ultimate bravery demonstrates that he is a resilient boy. The cartoonish cover illustrations belie this serious aspect of the story. Ages 8-12. ED

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Author:Douglas, Elizabeth
Publication:Reading Time
Article Type:Children's review
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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