A Season of Gifts
By Richard Peck
(Puffin, Paperback, 9780142417294, 208pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2010
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One of the most adored characters in childrenÕs literature is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery AwardÐwinning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery HonorÐwinning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isnÕt over. ItÕs now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel: a minister and his wife and kids. Soon Mrs. Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm on all of them, and they will quickly discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.
-This is one of Peck+s best novels yet-and that+s saying something.+-Kirkus Reviews, starred review