The Thanksgiving season is almost here; pumpkin pie, green bean casserole and a delicious turkey stuffed with dressing will soon be gracing many dining tables around America. While younger children might enjoy having a book read to them about being thankful, tweens would most likely read about someone their age having a Thanksgiving mishap of one sort or another. Whether it's Junie B. Jones, Nate the Great or some other middle-school-aged kid, the following books will provide those readers ages 9 and up with some giggles and adventure during the autumn season.
"Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)" by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012) Available as a hardcover book, audio CD or for Kindle, the beloved Junie B. is back in a Thanksgiving-themed tale.
"The Great Turkey Walk" by Kathleen Karr (Square Fish, 2000) It's 1860 and Simon Green has just finished third grade for the fourth time. He decides to make his fortune by driving a flock of turkeys from Missouri to Colorado. This book is available in both hardcover and paperback format.
"Nate the Great Talks Turkey" by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Mitchell Sharmat and Jody Wheeler (Yearling, 2007) Nate and Sludge are needed to track down a giant runaway turkey in this book that is available in paperback or on Kindle.
"The Great Turkey Heist" by Gertrude Warner and Robert Papp (Albert Whitman & Company, 2001) In this "Boxcar Children Mysteries" book, the Alden children try to help the owner of a food pantry get things up and running, but someone else has other ideas. This book is available on Kindle and in paperback and hardcover.
"Martha Speaks: Thanksgiving Reunion" by Susan Meddaugh (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013) Martha is back in this chapter book that is available in hardcover or paperback. Martha is on a mission to find her mother and siblings in time for Thanksgiving, no matter what it takes.