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The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
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May 22, 08

really liked it
Recommended for: Upper Elem / Middle Schoolers
Read in May, 2007

This is the story Simon Green, an unsuccessful student living in 19th century Missouri. When Simon learns that the price of turkey meat is outrageously high in Colorado, he hatches a plan that everyone else thinks is crazy: buy a herd of turkeys at low Missouri prices and walk them to Colorado to sell for incredible profits. The Great Turkey Walk is born.

I really like this book! It is funny and unexpected. It addresses both slavery and settlement of the West without beating you over the head with a history lesson. There is a good combination of action and character development. One note; the author transcribes the dialects of various characters throughout the story. This may make the dialogue difficult to read for some students. For this reason I'd recommend the book for upper elementary or older for independent reading. Younger students would enjoy this one as a read-aloud. Overall, this novel is engaging, lighthearted, and good clean fun.

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