A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

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Puffin Books, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 148 pages
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A summer they'll never forget.

Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry—all in one day—Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget!


"A rollicking celebration of an eccentric grandmother and childhood memories." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Each tale is a small masterpiece of storytelling." —The Horn Book, starred review

"Grandma Dowdel embodies not only the heart of a small town but the spirit of an era gone by...Remarkable and fine." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A Newbery Honor Book
A National Book Award Finalist
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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Still good character development and a great setting. - Goodreads
And the ending was especially brilliant. - Goodreads
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This book is about 3 characters, Mary Alice, Joey, and Grandma. They have different adventures with their daring grandmother. :)

Review: A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago #1)

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Almost as wonderful as the sequel! Less developed, more episodic, and more sporadic than A Year Down Yonder, but not a disappointment for Peck's first try. It feels like a younger, shorter chapter ... Read full review

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Richard Peck is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country He is the author of more than thirty novels, including A Long Way from Chicago, A Year Down YonderSecrets at Sea and The Mouse with the Question Mark Tale. He has won the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Humanities Medal, and twice been a National Book Award finalist, among many other honors. He lives in New York City.

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