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A Year Down Yonder

Peck, Richard (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Year Down Yonder
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In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.
Authors: Peck, Richard, 1934-
Title: A year down yonder
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2002, c2000.
Characteristics: 130 p. ;,20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Sequel to: A long way from Chicago.
Contents: Prologue
Rich Chicago girl
Vittles and vengeance
A minute in the morning
Away in a manger
Hearts and flour
A dangerous mind
Gone with the wind
Ever after.
Summary: In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 2001
Local Note: 1 53 54 62 69 70 71 73 79 80 102 109 118 149 152 205 216 245 258 261
ISBN: 9780142300701
0142300705
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Peck
Subject Headings: Illinois Juvenile fiction. Country life Illinois Juvenile fiction. Depressions 1929 Juvenile fiction. Grandmothers Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Country life
Depressions
Grandmothers
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Jul 22, 2013
  • meanjulio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is just a wonderful book. The way it just picks you up and drops you into the middle of the depression in rural Illinois, where people were tough and plucky and full of sayings like "as skinny as a toothpick with a termite problem."

I wanted to keep this by my bedside and read it all year long. The way they go through the seasons, describing things like turkey shoots, cobbled-together nativity plays, and how to make pies out of pecans and pumpkins you steal from your neighbors... it all reminded me of the charms of The Little House on the Prairie books, with the wry humor and good storytelling of To Kill a Mockingbird. I wish the book had kept going! How about three years down yonder?

Jun 22, 2013
  • davewhitaker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

My review here: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-year-down-yonder-and-another-novel.html

Jun 11, 2013
  • susewsew rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Delightful read! You might think this is a children's book but not so, it is suitable for all ages. We shall look for other titles by this author. Funny, charming and memorable tales of life with Gramma through the eyes of Mary Alice. How Gramma deals with Mary's bully is worth the read alone!And Gramma sorting out Mrs. Weidenbach the town's self-appointed "leader" and DAR "leader" is not less entertaining than reading how Shotgum Cheatham became a hero. Do yourself a favour and read this!

Feb 03, 2013
  • 123simran123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i loved i want to read it again

Jun 14, 2012
  • t_natrix rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Funny and original. Loved it.

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set in 1937 during the so-called "Roosevelt recession" tight times compel Mary Alice a Chicago girl, to move in with her grandmother, who lives in a tiny Illinois town so behind the time doesn't "even have a picture show." This wining sequel once again introducing the reader to Mary Alice, now 15, and her grandma Dowel, an indomitable, idiosyncratic woman who despite her hard-as-nails exterior is able to see her granddaughter with "eyes in the back of her heart." ( Novelist Review)

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