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.