Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run”—in the loosest possible sense of the word—by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry seventy-something, banjo-playing foreman with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging boy-next-door who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.
Full of off-beat charm and characters you won’t soon forget, The Woefield Poultry Collective is a heartwarming novel about learning how to take on a challenge, facing your fears and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.
Susan Juby, author
Susan Juby is a critically acclaimed author of a number of novels for teenagers and adults, including Alice, I Think, which was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 40 young adult novels ever written and was made into a successful television series. Her novel The Truth Commission won the Sheila E. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature and the Amy Mathers Award. It was named a best teen book of the year by the ALA, Barnes & Noble, The Globe and Mail, and Kirkus. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous.
- […] sparklingly witty and charming […] delightfully combines satire and a distinctly modern voice with old-fashioned sweetness, and her laugh-out-loud writing is tempered by the characters’ emotional pain and efforts to help one another heal. - Booklist
- A wonderful juxtaposition of parody and playfulness […]. A joyous book about someone living out a fantasy, confronting illusions, and attempting to make a dream come true. - New York Journal of Books Link to review
- Genuinely funny and tremendously charming. - National Post Link to review
- Winner, 2012 Rossland BC’s Book of the Year
- Shortlisted, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
- Shortlisted, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award
Rights Holder: Westwood Creative Artists
rights sold: Canada (HarperCollins Canada), Film (Ne Moude Design Inc.), Netherlands (Pepper Books - Kluitman), US (HarperCollins - published as "Home to Woefield")
rights available: World
number of pages: 320
publication date: 02/28/2011
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book