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A Time Machine into the Past



A Time Machine into the Past
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    historical, real-life, based, fiction, focus, boxing, reality, year, writing, ranger, interesting, adult, childhood, journey, public, travels
     content words:    Wild West, Great Turkey Walk, Kathleen Karr, New Jersey, It Ain't Always Easy, New York City, National Archives
A Time Machine into the Past

By Jody Williams
1     The year is 1860. Simon is fifteen years old. His teacher just told him that he has graduated from school. She said that it was time for Simon to "spread his wings." Simon was not sure what that meant. He was unsure of what to do. Simon sees a farmer on the way home from school. After talking, Simon offers to get one thousand turkeys across the country for the farmer. During this time in history, the turkeys are transported by walking. Simon and the turkeys set off on a journey through the Wild West.
 
2     The Great Turkey Walk is a popular book. It was written by Kathleen Karr. She specializes in historical fiction. She researches events from history and uses them to create stories.
 
3     Kathleen Karr was born on April 21, 1946, in Pennsylvania. She grew up on a chicken farm in New Jersey. Her family raised about five thousand chickens. Kathleen could not wait to leave farm life. She often escaped by reading and writing. She enjoyed reading books that took her to other places and times.

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