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A Year Down Yonder (2000)

by Richard Peck

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Series: Grandma Dowdel (Book 2)

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During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
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We listened to this one together as a family. The kids enjoyed the antics of Mrs. Dowdel, and I liked that it taught some lessons about rural life around the time of the Great Depression. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Richard Peck's ability to create strong characters in such a short book astounds me. I love the spirit in A Year Down Yonder just as much as in A Long Way From Chicago. Both books are collections of incidents and mishaps around Grandma Dowdle. She is a delightful, funny, strong character. Richard Peck portrays her through the eyes of her grandchildren - in this case, Mary Alice - and it's interesting to see her transform in their opinions.

I also like the hints of a darker, sadder backstory behind her. If Richard Peck wanted, he could have written about Grandma Dowdle before she was Grandma (maybe he did?) and still have a thoughtful, exciting story.

Because the tone is so light, this book is the perfect length. I enjoyed it and would add it to my collection. ( )
  Morteana | Dec 8, 2022 |
Loved it. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
Hmph. I _thought_ she was imitating Grandma Dowdel a little too well. Now there's two of them running their little plots. Interesting but not enjoyable, for me - if you don't mind manipulators, you might like it better. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 14, 2022 |
Although the vagueness remains, I still was in stitches during Mary Alice's first attempt to "study" with Royce McNabb. Hilarious. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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It was a September morning, hazy with late summer, and now with all the years between. Mother was seeing me off at Dearborn Station in Chicago.
...you outdo the most two-faced, two-fisted shortchanger, flimflam artist, and full-time extortionist anybody saw working this part of the country. And all I have to say is, God bless you for your good work.
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During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.

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