Clayton, Emma Roar, Chicken House (Scholastic), 496 p. April 2009. A year ago, Mika's twin sister disappeared and the authorities told the family that Ellie was dead. Mika never believed, but his parents, living in a dingy "fold-down" apartment in a cramped suburb behind The Wall, have a hard enough time just surviving from day to day. Ever since the Animal Plagues, life has been tough for the majority of humanity. Now Mika has a chance to win luxury for his family and his heart tells him that he may also find his sister - if he can excel at the video, survive the many rounds and become a champion. Another type of post-apocalyptic book has entered the SciFi fold. I don't want to give anything away, but I truly enjoyed watching the different levels of the story unfold - for once I didn't read ahead and was pleasantly surprised by The Secret. I think that fans of MacHale's Bobby Pendragon or Nimmo's Charlie Bone will enjoy these also. MS - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.