This is one of those quirky, sweet books that are as comforting as a mug of hot chocolate–a perfect choice for when the nights start drawing in. Sophie Brown (12) lived in LA with her mother and father until they inherited Great Uncle Jim’s farm and moved to the middle of nowhere, where the only other friendly (and brown) face is Gregory the mailman. Jim left them a house and barn filled with old junk as well as some rather unusual chickens. Henrietta, for example, can levitate objects and open door latches. Chameleon can–well I won’t give any more away but Sophie’s struggles to hang onto her chickens-with–superpowers make delightful reading. Told in letters to her dead abuelita and great-uncle and interspersed with much chicken-rearing information, this is perfect for confident readers of 7+ and would make a wonderful read-aloud.