The Chicken Street Gang and the Day Gran Dug Up the Park by Hilary Hawkes

four stars

In the second book in the series, The Chicken Street Gang and the Day Gran Dug Up the Park by Hilary Hawkes, the five children who band together on Chicken Street to solve mysteries find themselves trying to help an old folks home that is in trouble of losing its funding. Tom’s Gran lives in the old people’s home along with a bunch of her fun and entertaining friends. Since the home has run out of money, it will soon be closed and sold to the menacing Mr. Snarling. The five kids in the Chicken Street Gang try to come up with a plan so that they can save the home from closing, which leads them to try and discover a long lost treasure that was buried years ago. Perhaps this is the very reason that Gran takes matters into her own hands and starts digging in the park? You’ll have to read to find out.

This novel for children shows great examples of both friendship and family, and people working together to solve a common problem. Hilary Hawkes has written a great number of books about children with disabilities, and they all bring something new to the table. This book is no exception. The way the kids try to fix problems and solve mysteries is similar in a way to the Scooby Doo gang, although these are younger kids, not teenagers, and they have more personal issues than the famous group. Nevertheless, their stories are just as engaging to read.

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