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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Coach House Books; 1 edition (March 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552451801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552451809
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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The Secret Life of Boys June 6 2007
By C. Graham - Published on
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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.
Good Read! April 14 2012
By Cassie L Westhaver - Published on
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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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