A Long Way From Chicago
A Novel in Stories
By Richard Peck
(Puffin, Paperback, 9780141303529, 176pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2000
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A summer they'll never forget.
Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alicetwo city slickers from Chicagovisit 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 hungryall in one dayJoey 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 National Book Award Finalist
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
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 Yonder, Secrets 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.