A Long Way From Chicago

A Long Way From Chicago

Book - 1998
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A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Publisher: c1998.
Branch Call Number: J FIC Peck


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City kids Joey and Mary Alice spend Augusts with their Grandma Dowdel. The sequel to this book is "A Year Down Yonder".

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jclterrib Feb 09, 2017

Truly a fan of the one and only Grandma Dowdel!

Jul 04, 2016

Great writing: prose is tight, language expressive, and lots of humor. Enjoyable even for an adult. History is referenced.

Sep 19, 2015

This book is really good! Richard Peck did a great job at making the characters come to life, especially with Grandma Dowdel. The good writing style and theme made this book a great read. Also, the ending was very emotional, or at least in my opinion (the very ending).

Nov 27, 2013


sassaman Sep 09, 2011

I it a very good book for kids. It is very informal about the characters which really made you feel like you are in the book which is great.

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sassaman Sep 09, 2011

sassaman thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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lms Apr 30, 2008

"A rollicking celebration of an eccentric grandmothers childhood memories. Set in the 1930s, the book follows Joe and Mary Alice Dowel as they make an annual August trek to visit their grandmother who lives in a sleepy Illnois town somewhere in Chicago and St. Louis.Grandma Dowel takes matters into her own hands to intimidate a banker who won't control his unruly sons, and forces the bank to rescind a foreclosure on an elderly house. Readers will be eager to join the Grandma, Joey, and Mary Alice on such escapades as preparing an impressive funeral for Cheatham, catching fish from a stolen boat and arranging the elopement of Vandalia Eubanks and Stibbs." (Novelist Reviews)


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