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A Year Down Yonder

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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While this is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago, it can easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Richard Peck writes the adventures of Mary Alice, spending a year away from her home in depression-era Chicago at her grandmother's house in the country. While grandma is gr...
While this is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago, it can easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Richard Peck writes the adventures of Mary Alice, spending a year away from her home in depression-era Chicago at her grandmother's house in the country. While grandma is gruff and no-nonsense, she soon enlists Mary Alice in her schemes to influence neighbors - some who are friends, some who are enemies. This hilarious book is great to read aloud, and will leave both moms and daughters in stitches.

posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2008

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Year Down Yonder

This girl named Mary Alice is sent to her Grandma Dowdel's house by her self for a year long stay in rural Illinois. She has to learn to cope with her grandma. She's also 15 and she is learning from being around her grandma,how to be independent. It's taking place at he...
This girl named Mary Alice is sent to her Grandma Dowdel's house by her self for a year long stay in rural Illinois. She has to learn to cope with her grandma. She's also 15 and she is learning from being around her grandma,how to be independent. It's taking place at her grandma's house in the country. It's during the depretion in 1937. Mary Alice is from Chicago and it's hard for her to start a new school. She is called the rich girl from Chicago. Everyone is afraid of Grandma but she is really nice.I would give this book one star because it wasn't very exciting. It might be more interesting if you like to read stories about people's lies. It was also kind of boring. I think that if you want to read this book you should start with the first one. It clears things out more.

posted by 7035498 on February 10, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

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    While this is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago, it can easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Richard Peck writes the adventures of Mary Alice, spending a year away from her home in depression-era Chicago at her grandmother's house in the country. While grandma is gruff and no-nonsense, she soon enlists Mary Alice in her schemes to influence neighbors - some who are friends, some who are enemies. This hilarious book is great to read aloud, and will leave both moms and daughters in stitches.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Fantastic!

    This book is told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, a city girl from Chicago in 1937. After Mary Alice's dad loses his job, Mary Alice is sent to her "trigger-happy" Grandma's house for a whole year- how will she ever survive? Stealing pumpkins, driving tractors into trees, and so much more- packed into one phenominal book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    The reading by Lois Smith is fabulous!

    Lois Smith is perfect as the reader of this book. The story has just the right mix of fun, trickery, and empathy. My kids from 7 years to 15 years all enjoyed it. One time I started the tape mid story while taking three 13 year old boys to the beach and when we got home they didn't want to get out of the car because they wanted to hear more.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    Year Down Yonder Book Review

    This story is about a 15-year old girl named Mary Alice. Her parents send her to live with her grandma because her Dad needs a job. It is in the time of the Great Depression. Times are tough in Chicago where her parents live, and her Grandmother lives in a small, country town. It's difficult for Mary Alice to get used to living in the small little town. Grandma is zany and harsh. Most people try to steer clear of that old lady. If someone needs to be put in their place, Grandma will see to it. But underneath she has a heart. Mary Alice goes through wild adventures with Grandma. Once she has to run home from school in a tornado because she had to make sure her Grandma was okay. The wild adventures include guns, traps, odd people, and even turkeys. Mary Alice lives with Grandma for one whole year. Her relationship with her Grandmas starts out with cold and distant. But by the end of the story, they have a touching relationship.

    It's a very good book and an even greater adventure. I love how the author describes the characters and tells the story. Richard Peck is an awesome author. He tells the story so clearly, you feel like you are in the room with Grandma Dowdel and Mary Alice. The humor in this book makes it easy to read because you really feel like you are connected to the characters. This book is a sequel to Long Way to Chicago, but it is a great book to read by itself. I hope you love it as much as I did.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    A great Sunday Afternoon Read

    This is a great book. I found it funny and delightful. I loved to see the generation gap close between Mary Alice and her grandmother. This is a good book for children of all ages.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    this book was awesome!

    Mary Alice is a 15-year-old girl from Chicago whose family is getting hit hard by the Roosevelt recession. this causes her dad to lose his job. as a result, Mary Alice has to go down to her grandmothers house for a year until her dad can get his job back. all she brings with her is her cat bootsie and her portable radio, along with every stitch of clothing she owns. Mary Alice thinks going to her grandmothers house will be !#$%@ because there is nothing modern. however, Mary Alice starts to respect her grandma while she dumps glue on the heads of halloweners. i give this book 5 stars because it was really fun to read. it had a great story plot, and you didn't have to read the prequel for it to make sense. it tells about the ups and downs of living in small towns. for example, you know everybody by name, but you can't avoid the bullies.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    good book

    if you want a book wih some humor and a little bit of serious you read this book. the girl mary alice is dragged around by her grandmother in all kinds of funny adventures. you need to read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    year down the yonder

    when i read this book my favorite charcter is mary alice and her grandma especially her grandma

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    A Year Down Yonder

    ¿A Year Down Yonder¿ by Richard Peck was published in 2000, and it won the Newbery Medal award in the year of 2001. Peck was born on April 5, 1934 and was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. He has written over 25 novels, and is known for his contributions to modern young adult literature. Peck currently lives in New York. ¿A Year Down Yonder¿ is about a fifteen year old girl named Mary Alice Dowdel who is from the windy city, Chicago. She is forced to live with her grandmother in a small ¿hick¿ town, because of bad situations during the Great Depression, such as ¿Dad lost his job, so we¿d had to give up the apartment.¿ Not only did Mary Alice have to leave her old school and enroll in a new one, but she also was going to live in her grandmother¿s house with nothing modern, ¿no telephone, of course¿ and ¿everything as old as Grandma.¿ When she arrived at her grandmas, she didn¿t receive a warm welcome and things were uneasy between the two. Mary Alice had to go to her new high school when she first arrived, and on her first day, she gets in trouble with the school bully, Mildred, who calls her a ¿rich Chicago girl.¿ As you can see, things for Mary Alice weren¿t easy for her in her new environment at first. Will she ever adapt to her new environment in the so-called ¿hick¿ town? Will she make new friends? Will her relationship with her grandmother grow, or will things between them remain uneasy? You will have to read to find out, and trust me, this is one humorous, heartwarming story you will not want to miss out on. This book is filled with tons of adventures and surprises. This books genre is historical fiction. Subjects touched in this book include the Great Depression, families and social structures, and extended family. I also think many young adults can relate to this book in several ways, for instance, having to transition to a new school and/or environment. I really enjoyed this book. Each chapter tells its own amusing anecdote, which I think is wonderful. I would recommend this book because it was very intriguing and kept my attention. This books age range is 12 and up. Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder. New York: Dial Books, 2000.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    Incerdible Story

    You will love this story of a grandmother who is full of surpries!! Richard Peck writes a very visual story of a grandmother and her grandaughter set in the time of the depression.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Really Enjoyable if you want a good read hears one i highly sudgest this book to all ages

    Up top

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    A Year Down Yonder Review

    This Newberry award winner is a very touching story about a teenage girl from the city who is forced to live with her grandmother in the country. She is very quiet at first because she knows she¿s different from her other peers. This book would be age appropriate for ages twelve and up. This novel is something that middle school grade students can relate to in many ways. For instance, transitions to a different school, family, income, or even city or state. The classification for this novel would fall into the fantasy genre because it contained at least one impossible element. It was realistic during the most part except for the ending. The author of this book is Richard Peck which has written over twenty-five novels. Mr. Peck grew up in Decatur, Illinois, and now resides in New York City. Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder. New York: Scholastic Inc. 2000.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    This is a good book

    It is very well written in all aspects. It has scenes of mischef, funny parts, and romance. All together it is a touching story, and I would recomend this book to anyone who likes history, or just a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    A well written story, descriptive and funny

    A Year Down Yonder is an excellent book to be presented and discussed in class. It describes life in 1937 and the depression as vividly as a photograph. The humor is of a genuine nature and the lessons learned are of great value. The parts of the story discribing how people of 1937 held the value of money is something people of today need to read and talk about. There is great humor in the character of the grandmother and her actions. As you read on, you will be caught by surprise several times. A very interesting, enjoyable story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    read it dudes!

    Its funny. I had to read it for a book report. i hate book reports.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Best book and funny and enjoyable

    This was great book it was so funny too!!!!!!!!!!! This was such a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Wow

    I really enjoy this book. I read this to my class and kids they all love it. I would really like more of this cazy women.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    a fun read

    the hilarious story of a girl that learns a lot about life from a hoot of a grandmother

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    More?

    I recemend the third book a season of gifts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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