Fifteen year old Mary Alice is facing a whole long year with Grandma! She remembers when she was a kid how much fun her summer stays with grandma were. They were jam packed with tons of surprises and drama. But grandma is well-known for shaking up her neighbors and everyone else! Mary Alice knows not to predict what this year is going to be like. Recommended for ages 10 to 14. The 2001 Newbery Medal winner.
A Newbery Medal Winner
Richard Peck's Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way from Chicago
Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.
"Hilarious and poignant." Publishers Weekly, starred review
A Newbery Medal Winner
A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
"In this hilarious and poignant sequel to A Long Way to Chicago, Peck once again shows that country life is anything but boring." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Again, Peck has created a delightful, insightful tale that resounds with a storyteller's wit, humor, and vivid description." School Library Journal
"With the same combination of wit, gentleness, and outrageous farce as Peck's Newbery Honor book, Long Way from Chicago, this sequel tells the story of Joey's younger sister, Mary Alice, 15, who spends the year of 1937 back with Grandma Dowdel in a small town in Illinois." Booklist