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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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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 |
  mrsforrest | Dec 13, 2014 |
In my opinion, this book was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading this book because every chapter of the book was a new visit from Joe and Mary Alice. As a reader I was able to see the children grow from being young to being in high school.

In this book, I liked the plot. Each chapter is a brand new story with a brand new plot. I liked that the plots were paced well even though the chapters were only twenty pages. Each chapter had a beginning, climax, and a resolution, but then the overall book had a beginning, climax, and resolution. It was interesting to see how the author was able to do that.

I also liked the point of view of the book. It was in Joe's point of view. This book starts in 1929 and ends in 1942. As a reader I was able to see Joe grow and see his perspective of things that he encountered in the town. In the beginning he was shocked by what type of person his grandmother was, but by the time he became a young adult, he appreciated who his grandmother was.

I think that the purpose of this book was to bring awareness of the different events in history and also allow readers to be entertained with a fictional story. Events like the Great Depression and Prohibition are mentioned so the readers kind of learn about the events in a fun way. ( )
  epark6 | Oct 23, 2014 |
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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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