Readers will gobble up this hilarious tale of a boy who resolves to walk 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Colorado. A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year and a "Publisher's Weekly" Best Book.Readers will gobble up this hilarious tale of a boy who resolves to walk 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Colorado. A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year and a "Publisher's Weekly" Best Book.Read Less
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My son and I loved this book and our friends said they enjoyed it too. This boy took a bunch of turkeys across country and helped people along the way. His relatives and the townspeople didnt believe in him except for his school teacher. It just shows you that you can do anything if you try and dont give up.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-04-20 "I've always been fond of birds, poultry in particular." From that first sentence, readers will gobble up Karr's (Oh, Those Harper Girls!) hilarious novel of a boy who resolves to walk 1000 turkeys from the Show-Me state to Denver, Colorado. Simon, who's 15 and newly graduated from the third grade, may not be too bright, but he figures he can make his fortune by buying Mr. Buffey's bronze turkeys for a quarter apiece and selling them in Denver for $5 each. With his schoolteacher as an investor, Simon picks up a former drunk and a runaway slave to be his partners, and starts herding those turkeys 900 miles down the road. In their travels, they encounter a raging river and a swarm of locusts, each of which the turkeys conquer. But peskiest of all, they're tailed by Simon's no-good father, a circus strongman, who decides he wants in on the deal. The gifted Karr has a cheerful, sassy down-home writing style and a perfect pitch for dialogue (she also has an authoritative knowledge of poultry, having grown up on a New Jersey chicken farm). A bonus: the tale is based in truthæthere really were turkey drives in the American West. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
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