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A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder

by Richard Peck

The worst part of the "Roosevelt Recession" in 1937 is that Mary Alice has to spend a year in a rural town with her feisty and conniving Grandma Dowdel.

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. After enduring many outrageous schemes, Mary Alice eventually learns to appreciate her grandmother's wisdom and her ways.

This Newbery Medal winner is the wry, delightful and hilarious sequel to Peck's celebrated A Long Way from Chicago. It has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Adventure, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag Richard Peck Author Richard Peck got his first writing assignment as a soldier in Germany: ghost-writing sermons for chaplains. He has written A Long Way From Chicago, A Year Down Yonder, and Fair Weather, among others, to show the world the real Illinois.

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