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The Milk Chicken Bomb [Paperback]

Andrew Wedderburn
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March 8 2007

Shortlisted for the First Novel Award!

The kid sells lemonade. Not a lot of people buy lemonade, especially now that it’s winter, but the kid makes good lemonade, even if his friend Mullen thinks it ought to be sweeter.

They don’t talk much with the other ten-year-olds – most of the others are Dead Kids anyway. Except for Jenny Tierney, but she’s busy breaking kids’ faces with her math book. Besides, the Russians from the meat-packing plant are a lot cooler, and they always win at curling.

But in small-town Alberta, there are just too many roman-candle fights, bonspiels, retaliatory river diversions, black-market submarines, exploding boilers, meat-packing-plant suicides and recess-time lightning strikes for one lonely kid to get any attention. He might as well go to Kazakhstan. Then the adults in his life start disappearing down tunnels and into rendering vats. Being ten is hard enough without all that, especially when your best friend is ruining the lemonade.

But the Milk Chicken Bomb should change everything.

Frenetic, hilarious and gently heartrending, The Milk Chicken Bomb takes us inside the mind of a troubled ten-year-old who is just beginning to understand that the adults around him are as lonely and bewildered as he is in the face of the slapstick demands of the world.

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'Wedderburn pulls the old "quirky town" maneuver exceptionally well, perhaps even using The Milk Chicken Bomb as a commentary on the maneuver itself. The abject poverty of Mullen's family and neighbors is never sugarcoated, even if it does sometimes provide for humor, and the kid's feelings of alienation and loneliness fall into a real and heartbreaking psychology.' – TimeOut Chicago

'We want to know the truth. We also want fiction’s redemption. Wedderburn doesn't give it, and that’s the big risk and great strength of this novel. His kid is that kid you saw once, down the street, who had the eyes of something hunted. Maybe you thought for a moment that something wasn’t right. Then you carried on with your day.' – Globe and Mail

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Listed as one of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 Books of 2007!

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Milk Chicken Bomb July 29 2009
I read this book late last year and I'm surprised there hasn't been a review written yet. It was quite good. It's an odd little story told very simply and somehow sticks in your mind long after you've read it. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Life of Boys June 6 2007
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In "The Milk Chicken Bomb," Wedderburn mixes boyish wonderment with small-town torpor in a way that is by turns funny, heartbreaking and mysterious. The narrative builds through a disparate series of events, featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the Alberta prairie is bleak. Mixed throughout are the super-hero dream sequences and mischievous deeds of the troubled young narrator. All the while something is bubbling just below the surface, much like the title's foul (fowl?) munition.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! April 14 2012
By Cassie L Westhaver - Published on
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a well written story told from the point of view of a 10 year old boy, interspersed with a little bit of mystery and whimsy. It managed to make me feel nostalgic about my own childhood and that's a quality I rarely find in books.
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