Newbery book - my sons and I all enjoyed. A terrific book to read aloud - entertaining and engaging for everyone.
Grandma Dowdel's back! She's just as feisty and terrifying and goodhearted as she was in Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago, and every bit as funny. In the first book, a Newbery Honor winner, Grandma's rampages were seen through the eyes of her grandson Joey, who, with his sister, Mary Alice, was sent down from Chicago for a week every summer to visit. But now it's 1937 and Joey has gone off to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, while 15-year-old Mary Alice has to go stay with Grandma alone--for a whole year, maybe longer. From the very first moment when she arrives at the depot clutching her Philco portable radio and her cat, Bootsie, Mary Alice knows it won't be easy. And it's not. She has to sleep alone in the attic, attend a hick town school where in spite of her worn-out coat she's "the rich girl from Chicago," and be an accomplice in Grandma's outrageous schemes to run the town her own way--and do good while nobody's looking. But being Grandma's sidekick is always interesting, and by the end of the year, Mary Alice has grown to see the formidable love in the heart of her formidable Grandma.
Peck is at his best with these hilarious stories that rest solidly within the American literary tradition of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Teachers will cherish them as great read-alouds, and older teens will gain historical perspective from this lively picture of the depression years in small-town America. (Ages 12 and older)
A great book that can be read over and over again and still enjoyed by all. Set during the Depression Era, this book really captures the heart of a 15-year old girl who is transported into what she believes is "nowhere", to only turn out to change her entire life as she knows it for the better.
I really enjoyed the first book (A Long Way from Chicago) and, frankly, I never expected this sequel to live up to its predecessor. Turns out Mary Alice Dowdel is even more interesting than her older brother Joey as she and Grandma Dowdel bond in a series of adventures that have to be read to be fully appreciated. A truly wonderful read from front to back and one of those rare books that makes you slow down toward the end so you can enjoy it as long as possible.
I just loved this book! I have not read "A Long Way From Chicago" yet; I just happen to have this on my shelf to read/preview for my students. I am sure young readers will love the grandmother's character and moxie. I highly recommend this book for advanced third grader readers through sixth.
Beautiful gift copy! Mary Alice lives in Chicago in 1937. Unfortunately, it is the GReat Depression and her dad loses his job and her parents send her to a small town to live with Big, Robusta and Crazy Grandma Dowdle. At first she is shocked by Grandmas way of doing things but it soon becomes the most fun year of her life! Several years later she marries a boy from Grandmas hometown in Grandmas house. This is a hilarious book because Grandma Dowdle gets results in very unconventional ways.
Mary Alice doesn't really want to go live with Grandma in a rural town, but she hasn't a choice. Grandma is a real character, though, devising ways (not always honest ones) to survive the Great Depression. Mary Alice , you find out, is following in her footsteps, in the ways she finds to counter the school bullies, and find friendship,romance,and a career.
I really enjoyed this short teen novel, and am going to read the prequel as well.