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A Year Down Yonder (Grandma Dowdel #2)
by Richard Peck
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10-14
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 610L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dial
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000
NO. PAGES: 144
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Literary Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Grandma Dowdel
PREQUEL: A Long Way From Chicago (Grandma Dowdel #1)
SEQUEL: A Season of Gifts (Grandma Dowdel #3)
AWARD{S}:
Newbery Medal
ISBN: 0142300705
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
A Year Down Yonder (Grandma Dowdel #2)—Book Review

In this sequel to A Long Way From Chicago, Grandma Dowdel is back and as spirited as ever. This time the story is told from fifteen-year-old granddaughter Mary Alice's perspective as she stays with grandmother for an entire year while her parents struggle to make ends meet. Mary Alice has some adjustments to make, as she is a city girl living in a country town. As usual, there is never a dull moment with Grandma Dowdel, and Mary Alice learns much about life and herself through these experiences.
The Scoop
A Year Down Yonder (Grandma Dowdel #2)—Book Review
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This award winning book is filled with charming stories about life in a country town in 1937. Grandma Dowdel is the same feisty, shotgun-toting force to be reckoned with. As with the first book, she is dishonest at times, but all for the sake of the greater good. The themes of not not judging a book by its cover, the value of family, and doing the right thing are clear. Of note for young kids: in a funny scene, a woman runs out of her room naked because a snake is attached to her, and Grandma traps foxes for their fur. Also, it is hinted at that a teen missed school all year because she had a baby. It is not necessary to have read the prequel to this book, which makes a great read-aloud choice for families.
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by MamaReader {ADULT}
on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 05:59:39 PM

This was a great book!
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