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Grade 3-6-Since her mother left to become a traveling country-and-western singer, fourth-grader Katie; her three-year-old brother, Tyler; and their father have spent Thanksgiving lounging in their pajamas, munching on pizza and popcorn, and watching football on TV. When her perfectionist classmate Claire Plummer taunts her with pictures from Beautiful Living of perfect celebrations, Katie starts to think that a grand dinner would help cement her family together, but she is embarrassed about her brother's rude table manners. Then she accidentally invites her teacher to Thanksgiving dinner, and she and her father scramble to come up with a meal. Readers are apt to sympathize with Katie's concerns about the cohesiveness of her family, while deft touches of humor add comic relief. Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim (Bantam, 1990) would make a good counterpart in a class discussion. Richly drawn characterizations, a brisk pace, and a theme subtly woven into the plot add up to an enjoyable read.
James K. Irwin, Poplar Creek Main Library, Steamwood, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. Katie's mother has gone off to be a country-and-western singer, so Katie, her father, and her three-year-old brother, Tyler, have to fend for themselves. No mother in the house really hits home at Thanksgiving, when it seems that pizza will top the menu. Then there's Katie's friend, Claire, who is determined that her motherless Thanksgiving (her mother is deceased) is going to be right out of a magazine. Katie feels it's up to her to give her little family the holiday they deserve. This has the comfy feeling of a novel from an earlier era, even as predicaments pile one upon another as Katie counts down to the special day. Nothing is terribly serious: she has invited company against her father's wishes; Dad has a big report due on Thanksgiving Day (it's not a holiday for Dad's Japanese clients); Tyler runs away; and the turkey won't cook. But don't worry; all turns out well in this simple, easy-to-digest holiday fare. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 223 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (August 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KVX8N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was lucky to grow up in Ticonderoga, a paper mill town in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. I loved the snow in the winter. We skated on the lakes, raced our sleds, and built igloos. My high school class had only 33 students, so every one of us felt special.

I live most of the year in Corvallis, Oregon, where I was Mom to two daughters and a step-daughter. I spend winters in Tucson, Arizona, where I like to walk the desert trails and watch for Roadrunners, a cool bird even though they don't really say, "Beep, beep."

When I'm not writing or reading, I make jewelry with tiny beads, play my harp, or swim laps at the pool. My blog: http://annewarrensmith.wordpress.com.

I teach creative writing classes to grown-ups -- something I love doing. I also lead workshops for kids in the schools and for adults at writers' conferences. My personal essays have been published in literary journals.

The Katie Jordan series published by A. Whitman started with "Turkey Monster Thanksgiving." "Tails of Spring Break" came out in paperback in January of 2012, and the hardback version of "Bittersweet Summer" was published in March of 2012. A fourth book, "Second-Chance Summer," is planned for March of 2013. My earlier books for kids were "Blue Denim Blues" and "Sister in the Shadow," both published by Atheneum.

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This was a purchase for grandchildren, based on a previous read. Our first exposure was more in the line of stumbling onto the book when we were browsing. It read quickly, was upbeat, but carried a message of accommodating to the social and family situations that so many kids are close to but are likely to misunderstand or to apply misconceptions. (here a single parent situation with a child wanting to take a leadership role)
We felt it was a good message for the developing families of our children, packaged in an easy to read format. Fun!
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By Kristy on December 26, 2013
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This is a really exciting book. It's very long though. I am 8 and really loved it. It keeps you interested so you want to read more.
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