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Fishing for Chickens

Fishing for Chickens Jim Heynen (Editor)

What is it like to grow up on a farm in the Midwest, on a ranch in the West, in the hills of the South, in the backwoods of New England, or on the wild Alaskan coast? In these seventeen short stories, some of our best writers take us into the lives of young people growing up in rural America to find out. In Lewis Nordan's "Sugar Among the Chickens," a bored farm boy in Mississippi decides to catch a roost with a fish hook, with hilarious results. 
A routine trek with her father and brother to check traps in the frigid New England woods becomes a test of survival for a girl, in "Walking the Trapline," by Rebecca Rule. 
In "Pick Up Your Pine" by Kathleen Tyau, a Hawaiian girl gets a summer job in a pineapple cannery. 
When geese take flight before the hunters' guns in Tony Earley's "Aliceville," set in North Carolina, a boy's disappointment is replaced by the revelation that the geese "had made our world seem less small."
Plus a dozen more - by Pickeny Benedict, Nancy K. Brown, Nora Dauenhauer, Eric Gansworth, Jim Heynen, Tomas Rivera, Wallace Stegner, Alma Villanueva, Jon Volkmer, Alice Walker, Vicky Wicks, and Hisaye Yamamoto. 

About the Editor: 
Jim Heynen was born and raised on a farm in northwest Iowa where he attended a one-room schoolhouse until ninth grade. He is the author of two story collections, The One-Room Schoolhouse and The Boys' House as well as two novels for young adults, Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice and Being Youngest. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and teaches writing at St. Olaf College.

Original Trade Paperback / $9.95 (Can $12.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-265-8 / 192 pages/ Anthology

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