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A Long Way From Chicago

A Novel in Stories

Peck, Richard

(Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Long Way From Chicago
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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: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0803722907
9780803722903
Branch Call Number: j PECK
Characteristics: 148 p. ;,22 cm

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Each summer during the Great Depression, Joey and Mary Alice visit their outrageous grandmother in rural Illinois.

Grandma Dowdel is not a good influence--and that's one good reason why Joey likes visiting her. Each August, from 1929 to 1935, he and his younger sister travel by train from Al Capone's Chicago to spend a week with Grandma in her scrappy small Illinois town.
(4th -6th graders)

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. (gr 5 - 8)


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THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!

Sep 09, 2011
  • sassaman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Sep 09, 2011
  • sassaman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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"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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