The Chicken Doesn't Skate

The Chicken Doesn t Skate Milo Neal is the favorite to win first prize at the science fair But his project which involves a chicken sets off side splittingly funny action with a star hockey player a first class dweeb and a

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  • Title: The Chicken Doesn't Skate
  • Author: Gordon Korman
  • ISBN: 9780590853019
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Milo Neal is the favorite to win first prize at the science fair But his project, which involves a chicken, sets off side splittingly funny action with a star hockey player, a first class dweeb, and an animal rights activist

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    1. Not my favorite! But, here's some quotes:"I went over to his house every day that week. I mean, the guy needed the support. Even his own mother wanted to stop him from whacking Henrietta. I give him credit, though. He was brave. Every single day he tried to talk me out of coming, saying it wasn't necessary and stuff.'Oh, it's no problem,' I told him. 'I'm here for you, buddy.' He just groaned with gratitude."">Did you ever get the feeling that there's something going on and everybody knows ab [...]

    2. This book was uh, well, I’m not the target audience for this book, because this book is for children. I’d guess a mid elementary school level, as it was simple vocabulary but an interesting narrative structure, or at least, interesting compared to other books you’re reading in 4th grade.A student’s science fair project involves raising a chick from birth and then getting it butchered when it’s a fully grown chicken, to illustrate the full span of one link in the food chain. Other kids [...]

    3. This the simultaneously a page-turner and really annoying, although page-turner won out as I read it through. The annoying part are the characters. One main character is a hockey player, who considers everyone who is not like him to be a loser. That's only part of the annoyance - the other is that the word is used probably hundreds of times, probably to show his mindset and/or limited vocabulary, but I never warm up to the character. Another boy, the target of the hockey player, is one I want to [...]

    4. "Did you ever get the feeling that there's something going on and everybody knows about it except you? And that something, if you could just find out what it was, would unlock so many mysteries?" Milo NealIt all started when Milo Neal (son of the famous scientist, Victor Neal) announced that he was doing his science fair project on The Complete Life Cycle of a Link in the Food Chain. And then he brings in the baby chick and everyone falls in love. The teacher, Mrs. Baggio, opens up her classroom [...]

    5. Milo is in Grade 6 and has just moved to St. Martin, Minnesota where his nobel prize-winning father grew up. With his dad back in Los Angeles, Milo feels that winning the science fair is the best way to earn his approval.Enter Henrietta – the specimen. Milo has decided to record the complete life cycle of a chicken by raising a chicken from a hatchling. He is baffled when his classmates want to name her, help take care of her, and make sure she’s safe and happy at the hockey games.When the c [...]

    6. An odd little book in the Korman repertoire. Not the most compelling read he offers, at least from a story/escapist/humor perspective. From an analytical/critical perspective this could be about the most interesting thing he's done.Not that Korman books are really supposed to stand up to any sort of critical analysis of course.There are several major flaws with The Chicken Doesn't Skate:1. None of the characters are engaging.2. The plot is pretty "eh"--it can't carry the story on its own.3. It's [...]

    7. Whether you're into ice hockey or not, if you enjoy Gordon Korman's other works, this one won't let you down.It stars a chicken ("the specimen"), a hockey team, and a science class. The chicken starts out as a brainiac kid's science project on the food chain, but quickly becomes the whole school's beloved pet and the hockey team's good luck charm.The book is fun and engaging, though not quite as funny to me as some of the author's other books. Each chapter switches to one of the several main cha [...]

    8. The chicken doesn’t skate by Gordon Korman and it was a nice book that I read and I liked it.This was Gordon Korman first book and he did a good job making this book.One thing that I liked about this book is that it is a little funnye book is about a kid named Milo Neal and he had a science project about the food chain and it involved a chicken and other students wanted him to make a project about the food chain and at the end the chicken was saved first it is a little bit sad but at the end e [...]

    9. I have read this book so many times that the binding is peeling off. It is about a 6th grade level, but when I discovered this book 15 years ago, I didn't care. It was a book that hockey in it, so I was going to read it. I read it again recently, and though the story is simplified for a younger audience, I still enjoy the cinderella story told through sports and Zack's experience with the hockey team, the obvious struggle of Milo for his father's approval, and the change of the bullies realizing [...]

    10. This is abook about how a hockey team was 0-5 into they grew attached to some kids science fair project. The project was a chicken and when they brought him to one of there games they won. From there on they would not play good into the chicken showed up. On there big game night the chicken gets a cold so the kid running the science fair project would not let her go to the game. read the book to find out if they win and go on to with the finals.This was an alright book it did not grab my attenti [...]

    11. possibly not his best, although i'm not qualified to judge, not being 10 any more. i absolutely adored classics like I Want to Go Home, No Coins Please, the Bugs Potter books and Losing Joe's Place (bits of which i still vividly remember), and i read them over and over, laughing uncontrollably every time. The Chicken Doesn't Skate definitely has the classic comedy build, so that it gets better and better as it goes along. i shall have to do a controlled experiment with my 10-year-old nephew, to [...]

    12. This is one of my all-time favorite books. It's been crowded out of my review pile by newer, flashier books, so I'm setting it aside to give to my younger sister (who has heard me rave about Gordon Korman books for so long that now she asked me for one! Yay!). I just wanted to say that I absolutely adored this book when I was younger, and while it's not quite as amazing as I remember it being reading it a few years later, it's still pretty awesome.

    13. I thought it was really funny that a chicken could start all that pandemonium! My teacher read it to my class, and usually when someone reads to me i cant really pay attention, but everyone in my class was paying attention! i dont think this would be a good book to re read just because there was a little bit of suspence and it woudnt be as funny after the second time. Anyway it was a really good book that lots of people could enjoy!

    14. This book ia about a boy named Milo who is a science geek and he cant wait till his science fair project. And in his project he needs a baby chcik called Henrietta who is also the chcik who gives the team luck and maked them win there games. But they ending of his project is that he needs to cook and eat the chicken. But he doesnt want that to happen so in this story you will see how he trys to stop this from happing.

    15. Korman is true to form with his funny plot lines and over excited people. The book is dated--it came out in '96 (something I didn't notice until someone said, "Far out!", which should probably indicate earlier than '96The book is kind of fun because it's written from so many different people's perspectives, including one viewpoint of a scientist child taking notes on a project.It's appropriate for 6th and 7th grade.

    16. One of my all-time favourite books. I just finished reading it out loud to my fifth graders, and at the end one of them sighed and said, "I just feel so sad when I finish such a good book." This book is about a chicken/science experiment/hockey mascot brings different social groups together. My class laughed and laughed, and sometimes I found it hard to read because I too was laughing so hard.

    17. I can't believe that I am actually giving this book four stars, but my students LOVED it, and I thought it was cute. One of my students who has read 75 books (no joke) this school year, everything from The Borrowers to Vampirates, told me it was the best book he had read all year. So, on that note, I am giving it 4 stars.

    18. This book was a good book. This book was about how a kid brought a chick to his school for a science project and all of the kids like it. Then the kid said he would have to kill the chicken to show a life cycle and all the kids where sad. In the end of the book the chick lays an egg which shows a life cycle and that's the kids project.

    19. My eight year old son read this for a book report and I read it as well to make sure he was understanding what he was reading. It was funny and had a clear problem and solution. I wasn't happy with the social labeling "muscle head" hockey player, loser etc but there was a moral hidden inside this book. Unfortunately my eight year old didn't quite get it on his own.

    20. I remember reading this in the library and having to fight from laughing out loud so hard I ended up with tears down my face. Not his best (that was his stuff from the 80s), but still better than all the rest!

    21. Story about a chick who starts as part of a science experiment and becomes so much more to the sixth graders at St. Martin Middle School in Minnesota. Silly and cheesy. But Gordon Korman tells a good story and I will continue recommending him to my students. Good for boys and girls.

    22. This book is my childhood. I can't tell you how many times my sister and I quote it. We listened to the audio book so many times that we imitate the narrators because it is, and will always be, a classic.

    23. I read this with my eight yo who loves to play hockey and watch hockey. It was fun to read together. The chapters switch from different characters points of view. So we made up voices for each character and had a blast with them. If you have a kid who loves hockey, definitely give this a try.

    24. Had the potential to be really funny; instead, The Chicken Doesn't Skate was just weird and silly in an incredibly lame way. I feel bad for whichever poor kid ever had to read this book. :(

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