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A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago (1998)

by Richard Peck

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funny, quirky - love the writing - city boy stays with grandmother in country for the summer. Set in 1930's in a small town. Just love this book.
  MariaMigs | Nov 7, 2015 |
Very funny and touching story of two kids who visit their quirky grandmother annually. The adventures they have with their grandmother shape them and stick with them as they grow into their teenage years. ( )
  ejstev0202 | Nov 4, 2015 |
My students seem to enjoy this.
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
What I really like about this book is that although it is a historical fiction book, the feelings expressed between Joey and Mary Alice when they are forced to go visit Grandma each summer are relatable to the students who will be reading the book. The characters in Grandma's town are funny and keep the reader interested. Grandma is a card and is always surprising Joey and Mary Alice, as well as the reader. Each chapter in the book features the main event of the childrens' summer at Grandma's town in Illinois. The stories, told by Joey's point of view, are very dramatic but just realistic enough to make them seem plausible. The book features a lot of colloquialisms from the 1930's that add to the authenticity of the stories. I really like this book and think it could easily appeal to both boys and girls. ( )
  kprinc3 | Apr 2, 2015 |
In my opinion I enjoyed reading this book because of the structure of this book into short story chapters and how the chapter titles are related to the stories. An example of this is the second story "The Mouse in the Milk" which resolves with Grandma Dowdel saying that Ernie and his brothers placed a mouse in her milk container. In addition I enjoy that the author chose to arrange the book into short stories because of how each has the reader's attention at all times. As you read there is no sure expected next event to occur because Grandma Dowdel is unpredictable. An old lady with a large weapon in her house, a head full of stories and schemes is an understatement in describing this woman. The overall main idea or big picture of this book is to entertain the reader while also teaching the reader about historical events. In this realistic fiction chapter book it is apparent that there is never a dull moment when looking at the history of the United States. ( )
  anunez1 | Mar 31, 2015 |
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For Judy and David Everson and to remember James Jones
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It was always August when we spent a week with our grandma.
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Join Joey and his sister Mary Alice as they spend nine unforgettable summers with the worst influence imaginable-their grandmother!

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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.

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