A Year Down Yonder

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A Year Down Yonder

By Richard Peck; Steve Cieslawski (Illustrator)

Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803725188, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2000

Winner of the Newbery Medal
Peck charms readers once again with this entertaining sequel to "A Long Way from Chicago" "School Library Journal" (starred review)
It was within the pages of Richard Peck's Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago that Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel first made their captivating debut. Now they're back for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud tales when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Expect moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.
Wise, exuberant, and slyly heartwarming, this is a satisfying companion to Grandma Dowdel's adventures in A Long Way from Chicago and A Season of Gifts.
Newbery Medal Winner
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ALA Notable Book
"Booklist" Best Books of the Year
"School Library Journal" Best Books of the Year
"New York Times" Best Seller
Audience members will breathe a sigh of regret when the eventful year "down yonder" draws to a close. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
Wit, gentleness, and outrageous farce. "Booklist "(starred review)

About the Author
Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of the country s most highly respected writers for children. In fact "The Washington Post" called him America s best living author for young adults. A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his historical and contemporary comedies and coming-of-age novels. He lives in New York City, and spends a great deal of time traveling around the country to speaking engagements at conferences, schools, and libraries.

Mr. Peck is the first children s book author to have received a National Humanities Medal. He is a Newbery Medal winner (for "A Year Down Yonder"), a Newbery Honor winner (for "A Long Way from Chicago"), a two-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Edgar Award winner. In addition, he has won a number of major honors for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi.