A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

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Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough 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 everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.

About Richard Peck

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Richard Peck, author of more than thirty novels, is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country. 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 (when not visiting London his favorite home away from home).
Published December 30, 2002 by Puffin. 147 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Set in 1937 during the so-called “Roosevelt recession,” tight times compel Mary Alice, a Chicago girl, to move in with her grandmother, who lives in a tiny Illinois town so behind the times that it doesn’t “even have a picture show.” This winning sequel takes place several years after A Long Way ...

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Each season brings new adventures to 15-year-old Mary Alice as she becomes Grandma's partner in crime, helping to carry out madcap schemes to benefit friends and avenge enemies.

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In this sequel, A Year Down Yonder, Joey's younger sister Mary Alice is telling of spending a school year with Grandma Dowdel in rural Illinois.

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In this sequel to A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO (A Newbery Honor Book in 1999), set during the Great Depression, 15-year-old Mary Alice leaves her Chicago home to spend a year with her feisty --- and often funny --- Grandma Dowdel in Grandma's small Illinois town.

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