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  1. says:

    With her father out of work during the Great Depression, Mary Alice, the female half of the Windy City siblings that we met in A Long Way from Chicago, returns to stay not just for a week in the summer, but for a WHOLE YEAR at Grandma Dowdel s place Though her Grandma is still as feisty as ever, Mary Alice has grown a bit, and she s not looking forward to spending so much time in that tiny town The year passes quickly, though, and thanks to Grandma Dowdel, rather eventfully, what with all the school activities, and Grandma s attempts to keep her privy from being vandalized Though perhaps not quite as funny as the first book, this one ends up being much touching and heartfelt I was listening to the audio in the car, and had to pull over to the side of the road after being moved to tears by the end of the Veteran s Day chapter This is just another wonderful book by Peck I m really looking forward to one encounter with Grandma Dowdel in A Season of Gifts She s unforgettable

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    Gorgeous kid s book for all ages Grandma is really hilarious.A laugh and a happy tear A fun read Makes you feel good I read A long way from Chicago, the first book, years ago and been meaning to read this one for a long time And my, is it worthed Recommended Mary Alice s childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel s sleepy Illinois own had been packed with enough surprises and drama to fill the double bill of any picture show But now she s fifteen, and with her parents facing hard times in Chicago, she is sent to Grandma again, but this time she faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors and every one else All Mary Alice can know for certain is this when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out better not Then their leader advanced upon Grandma By the name on her cap, she was Mrs W.T Sheets her medals jangled importantly Grandma observed her approach Mrs Dowdel, said Mrs Sheets I m here to tell you that you re twice as bald faced and brazen and, yes, I have to say shameless as the rest of us girls put together In the presence of these witnesses, I m on record for saying you outdo the most two faced, two fisted shortchanger, flimflam artist, and full time extortionist anybody ever saw working this part of the country And all I have to say is, God bless you for your good work With a small turn of hand, Grandma waved Mrs Sheets away Mrs Sheets remained at her post Mrs Dowdel , she went on, you re not everybody s cup of tea Well, it s common knowledge, isn t it But we girls would be proud as Punch to have you join our Auxiliary if you re a veteran s wife Did your late husband go to war Only with me, Grandma said, and he lost every time

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    Mary Alice s father had lost his job so her parents moved to a small room only suitable for two, sending her brother Joey in one direction and Mary Alice in the other she was to stay with Grandma Dowdel for a year Mary Alice was fifteen and couldn t imagine not seeing her friends, having a telephone or the internet or even television starting a new school made her nervous With her previous visits to her Grandma s having been spent with Joey and only for a week, she had no idea how she would get on for a whole year Grandma had all the folk from her small town frightened of her and Mary Alice slowly began to see Grandma s ways Never one to show her feelings, it got so Mary Alice could read her and her Grandma certainly knew what Mary Alice was thinking even before she was thinking it I absolutely loved A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck An absolutely delightful, laugh out loud rendition of life, love and laughter among the hard times of the depression Grandma was a fabulous character With a dry wit, stoic personality and strength of purpose that only the women of small towns who knew hardship seemed to have, she brings this book to life This is my first book by this author, but I ll definitely be looking for Highly recommended to all.

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    Highly enjoyable down homey tales of yesteryear If you can t get enough of stuff like Jean Shepherd s A Christmas Story, this little series is just your patch o sweet potatoes Grandma Dowdel is a fiesty old broad think Vicki Lawrence s Mama character , who possesses a Jeeves esque way of fixing others problems In this, book two, Grandma gets a visit from her teenaged granddaughter, from whose pov we see the story unfold It s a year in the life of a teen girl going to school and living away from family during the Depression era in the rural Midwest.Richard Reck s characters are larger than life and fun as all get out He does an admirable job with period details, making it easy for the reader to get lost in the time and place of these delightful scenes A Year Down Yonder is good fun, but probably a little less over the top silly than the first book For me, it set a better tone this way.

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    My 5th and 6th graders are currently reading this book It s quite delightful I started the audio book on the way home from work and couldn t turn it off I adore big boned Grandma Dowdel, with her crafty schemes, her happy trigger finger, and her eyes in the back of her heart Some of her ornery sayings and unexpected pranks had me laughing out loud And best of all, her bold, pushy, cantankerous exterior hides her tender, compassionate, unselfish interior Watching Mary Alice grow to care for and understand her grandmother through the course of the story was touching Much to her own surprise, she even begins to emulate Grandma in some ways Side note After reading the first three chapters, all my students boys and girls came to school today raving about Grandma D If you ever plan to do an in depth character analysis with middle grade students, I suggest this book They raced through pages and shouted over each other to provide specific examples of her character traits And they re already asking if we can read the rest of the series Not a bad endorsement, if you ask me.

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    This was a laugh out loud short that I could have listened to for hours The small town, rural, characters are the very best All are so creative and quite different that I could not wait to see what they would do next Grandma is someone I would love to know This is a series I won t miss.

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    3.5 stars I did not really care much for Mary Alice, who is sent to spend the year with her kooky grandmother because her parents cannot afford to feed her in the late 1930 s On the other hand, I really liked the grandmother, who is a hoot and a prankster, wreaking mischief both on deserving teenagers and adults My favorite quote from the grandmother about how much easier life was then When I was a girl, we had to walk in our sleep to keep from freezing to death This is a feel good story though, written for middle age readers Fun and funny.

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    I think this is a first Never before have I read a sequel before reading the original novel At least as far as I can recall The Discworld books don t count They aren t organized in a proper order, are they You can t call a book a sequel unless it s called a sequel on the cover Well, I suppose I can make an exception if it has a number on the spine I usually hold out for the original, but in this case my daughter s curriculum assigned her to read this volume and, unlike my daughter, I wasn t able to check the original out in time Smart kid Must take after her mum Anyway, A Year Down Yonder is the tale of Mary Alice, a teenaged Chicago girl suffering from the recession of 1937 Her father has lost her job and the only way the family can make ends meet is if Mary Alice goes down to live with her Grandma in downstate Illinois With a premise like that, one would envision a warm tale of discovery as the city girl discovers the wonder and beauty of rural life in the loving care of her kind and wise grandmother Yes, that s quite a vision In this tale, however, Grandma s a cantankerous old bird with a shotgun behind the woodbox and a reputation for causing trouble It makes for an enjoyable book Mr Peck doesn t quite offer us a laugh riot, but there are plenty of chuckles, a few surprises and occasionally something that feels like a tug on the heartstrings I probably should try to check out this book s predecessor.

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    I did not want this book to end It s one of those stories that you read it to just enjoy it, not just to see how it ends This is a story about a young girl from Chicago who is sent to live with her Grandmother Her grandmother s life style is very far removed from what Mary Alice has ever know because her grandmother is pure country She is so country that even the townspeople are afraid of Grandma Dowdel In Mary Alice s year stay with grandma she has many life experiences that will follow her through to adulthood Life with grandma is never boring From trapping fox in the middle of the night to taking in artistic drifters who paint nudes in the attic, Mary Alice is going to find it hard to leave grandma after a year Richard Peck does a wonderful job with creating a woman that you can not help but love You are always waiting for the next surprise from Grandma Dowdel As you read, you can picture all the people who make up the unique town because of the detailed descriptions from the author Even if you did not grow up in the country or small town, there are many events and people that most people can relate to I can t wait to read A Long Way From Chicago

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    The cover shown above has none of the character of the Scholastic Press edition I stayed in bed to read this book this morning You d do well to do the same, or to sit down in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a couple of cookiesA Year Down Yonder is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago Same cast of characters, different layout.Mary Alice, Joey s younger sister, is the narrator She is about 15 The recession following the Depression and preceding the war means that MA s parents have lost their house Joey is off with the CCC planting trees, and Mary Alice is sent to spend a year with her grandmother Imagine being uprooted at 14, torn from your friends, to spend a year with your slightly nutty, headstrong, sure of herself grandmother.The story is gentle and not a bit unbelievable A little outrageous, perhaps, but that s Grandma Dowdel.What makes this story, as well as the previous one, is the way Richard Peck captures the vocabulary of the area and of the era He uses them, does not condescend to define or explain You KNOW what Mary Alice means when she describes the scene after the wealthiest person in town patching a tire shot by the school principal s unruly son The air was blue I opened randomly to page 29 Here are the idioms and nouns that I find that create the atmosphere that envelops the reader gunnysack, wide berth, old as dirt and deaf as an adder , He goes to bed with the chickens The girls in the school all 17 children in the high school study Home Ec and somehow crochet used soda bottle caps into hot pads for taking hot casseroles out of the oven.Richard Peck s ability to make his teen girl narrator real, to evoke cash strapped Grandma Dowdel s strength of character and attention to the personal dignity of the least of her neighbors make you wish she were YOUR Grandma, and that there were stories of her and her grandchildren Perhaps there are nuts, the library was closed today I d go on and on except it s Christmas Eve and I have things to do.

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