A Long Way from Chicago by Richard PeckI dont think Grandmas a very good influence on us, Mary Alice said.
Every August, Joey Dowdel and his kid sister Mary Alice spend a week at their Grannys house.
She was so big and the town was so small. She was old too, or so we thought -- old as the hills. And tough! She was tough as an old boot, or so we thought. As the years went by though, Mary Alice and I grew up, and though Grandma never changed, wed seem to see a different woman every summer.
Over the years, Grandma Dowdel gets the kids involved in all sorts of hilarious adventures - catching criminals, helping some star-crossed lovers elope, and showing up the snooty bankers wife. Grandma is not above stretching the truth or
This book has already made the jump onto my favorites list; its one of those feel-good stories I look forward to reading again and again.
A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck
Thank you! When the book opens, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice, nine and seven, respectively, learn that they will be spending a week every August with Grandma Dowdel. Grandma Dowdel, with her gruff persona and pragmatic outlook on life, embodies not only the heart of a small town but the spirit of an era gone by. She turns the tables on a supercilious reporter from the big city, bests the local sheriff, feeds the drifters of the Depression, inspires a brawl between elderly ancient war heroes, and more. Peck deftly captures the feel of the times, from the sublime bliss of rooting around the ice bin at the local store for a nickel Nehi during the dog days of summer, to a thrilling flight in a biplane. Remarkable and fine. There was a problem adding your email address.
A Long Way From Chicago: A Novel in Stories and millions of other books are available for instant access. A Long Way From Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – September 30, Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from.
my life is too long
Questions and Topics for Discussion
When you pick up a book called A Long Way from Chicago , you probably expect it to take place in an exotic, faraway land. Maybe Florida—that's a pretty long way away from the City of Broad Shoulders.
It was awarded the Newbery Honor in The first summer the children go to their grandmother's house, a reporter comes looking for info on the infamous man who has just died, Shotgun Cheatham. Grandma holds an open house for Shotgun and lies to the reporter by saying he was a war hero. Grandma's enemy, Effie Wilcox, comes too but then the coffin begins to move. Grandma shoots the coffin with her shotgun, while Ms. Wilcox and the reporter run out, but it turns out that it was the cat that lives in the cobb house who moved the curtain draped over the coffin. Grandma tells one of the boys she won't be home for her daily milk delivery, knowing the boys would try to steal something from her.
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