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A Year Down Yonder
A Year Down Yonder
Author: Richard Peck
Twelve months with Grandma...can Mary Alice survive? Mary Alice's childhood summers with Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough surprises and drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors - and ever...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439321976
ISBN-10: 0439321972
Publication Date: 1/1/2000
Pages: 130
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Excellent story, Grandma is a hoot! The kids and I all enjoyed this one.
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Newbery book - my sons and I all enjoyed. A terrific book to read aloud - entertaining and engaging for everyone.
Grandma Dowdel's back! She's just as feisty and terrifying and goodhearted as she was in Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago, and every bit as funny. In the first book, a Newbery Honor winner, Grandma's rampages were seen through the eyes of her grandson Joey, who, with his sister, Mary Alice, was sent down from Chicago for a week every summer to visit. But now it's 1937 and Joey has gone off to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, while 15-year-old Mary Alice has to go stay with Grandma alone--for a whole year, maybe longer. From the very first moment when she arrives at the depot clutching her Philco portable radio and her cat, Bootsie, Mary Alice knows it won't be easy. And it's not. She has to sleep alone in the attic, attend a hick town school where in spite of her worn-out coat she's "the rich girl from Chicago," and be an accomplice in Grandma's outrageous schemes to run the town her own way--and do good while nobody's looking. But being Grandma's sidekick is always interesting, and by the end of the year, Mary Alice has grown to see the formidable love in the heart of her formidable Grandma.

Peck is at his best with these hilarious stories that rest solidly within the American literary tradition of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Teachers will cherish them as great read-alouds, and older teens will gain historical perspective from this lively picture of the depression years in small-town America. (Ages 12 and older)
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A great book that can be read over and over again and still enjoyed by all. Set during the Depression Era, this book really captures the heart of a 15-year old girl who is transported into what she believes is "nowhere", to only turn out to change her entire life as she knows it for the better.
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Terrific book!
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This a Scholastic children's book about a city girl who goes to live with her country grandma during the Great Depression.
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