Thursday, June 6, 2013

STUDENT REVIEW - A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago
By Richard Peck
Published by Penguin Group, 2000
150 pages (paperback)

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town?
August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's -- each one funnier than the year before -- in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rollicking good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. (from

It was pretty funny and there was lots of action. I think it was good how it was. Yes, [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers because] it’s really funny and action-packed.
-Lillian H.

It was funny and it made me laugh. It was really good. Yes, [I would recommend this book] because it is a quick read.
--Nathan C.

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