A Long Way From Chicago

A Long Way From Chicago

A Novel in Stories

Book - 1998
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This Newbery Honor Winner and National Book Award Finalist is an unforgettable modern classic and features the debut of the larger-than-life Grandma Dowdel

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice--two city slickers from Chicago--make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town?
August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy.
August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back.
August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day.

And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's--each one funnier than the year before--in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rip-roaringly good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.

Newbery Honor Winner
National Book Award Finalist
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ALA Notable Book
New York Times Best Seller

"A rollicking celebration of an eccentric grandmother and childhood memories."-- School Library Journal (starred review)

"A novel that skillfully captures the nuances of small-town life [...] Remarkable and fine."-- Kirkus (starred review)

"Fresh, warm and anything but ordinary."-- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1998.
ISBN: 9780803722903
Branch Call Number: YA PEC


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Jan 01, 2018

First book in a series of three. Great story line. I like the Grandma.

DBRL_KrisA Dec 30, 2017

A pretty short book, basically a series of adventures that Joey and Mary Alice have with their grandmother in her small town. Reads like a collection of short stories, each one lasting only about ten pages. Grandma is a smart cookie, and she and the kids get the best of the no-good sheriff, the snooty banker's wife, and various other small-town villains.

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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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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