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A Year Down Yonder [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Richard Peck
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Book Description

Oct. 10 2000
Read by Lois Smith
3 hours 40 minutes, 2 cassettes

Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel return for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Her extended visit is filled with moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.

Wise, exuberant, and slyly heartwarming, Mary Alice's story is a fully satisfying companion to the celebrated A Long Way from Chicago.




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Grandma Dowdel's back! She's just as feisty and terrifying and goodhearted as she was in Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago, and every bit as funny. In the first book, a Newbery Honor winner, Grandma's rampages were seen through the eyes of her grandson Joey, who, with his sister, Mary Alice, was sent down from Chicago for a week every summer to visit. But now it's 1937 and Joey has gone off to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, while 15-year-old Mary Alice has to go stay with Grandma alone--for a whole year, maybe longer. From the very first moment when she arrives at the depot clutching her Philco portable radio and her cat, Bootsie, Mary Alice knows it won't be easy. And it's not. She has to sleep alone in the attic, attend a hick town school where in spite of her worn-out coat she's "the rich girl from Chicago," and be an accomplice in Grandma's outrageous schemes to run the town her own way--and do good while nobody's looking. But being Grandma's sidekick is always interesting, and by the end of the year, Mary Alice has grown to see the formidable love in the heart of her formidable Grandma.

Peck is at his best with these hilarious stories that rest solidly within the American literary tradition of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Teachers will cherish them as great read-alouds, and older teens will gain historical perspective from this lively picture of the depression years in small-town America. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

In this Newbery Honor book, Chicago-bred Mary Alice has been sentenced to a year-long stay in rural Illinois with her irrepressible, rough and gruff grandmother. Soon, however, she becomes Grandma's partner in crime, helping to carry out madcap schemes to benefit friends and avenge enemies. In a starred review, PW called this sequel to A Long Way to Chicago "hilarious and poignant." Ages 10-14.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder May 3 2004
Format:Paperback
A city girl named Mary Alice, moves in with her rigged, cunning Grandmother in the horribly small country town of Wabash, Illinois. Because of the Depression , Mary Alice is sent to live there while her family goes through their own rough time in Chicago. She is forced to adapt to the totally new life style of her grandmother which some would not wish on their worst enemies. Her grandmother has a very rugged way of going about things, that creates quite a stir in this little community. Before long, Mary Alice gets accustomed to her grandmothers tricks and schemes against the towns people and realizes country life isn't that bad after all.
I couldn't put this book down the first time I read it because the author writes about their adventures so vividly and exciting. Each trick they play on the town keeps the reader in suspense for the next clever and humorous adventures to come. This book is a laugh-out-loud kind of book so be prepared.
This book would be a great book for children to understand the struggles in forming a good relationship between Grandchildren and Grandparents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder April 5 2004
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Format:Paperback
A Year Down Yonder takes place in 1937 and Mary Alice's life is turned upside down due to the recession. Her dad loses his job in Chicago and she has to go stay with her feisty grandmother in a small hick-town. Grandma Dowdel is an isolated woman, but one thing Mary Alice does know about her grandmother is she never knows what kind of scheme she will plan next. As this grandmother and granddaughter spend time together, they experience some interesting episodes and develop a loving relationship. Mary Alice also discovers that behind these outlandish schemes Grandma Dowdel has a good motive to help other people of the community.
Richard Peck turns Mary Alice's difficult situation into an amusing story with laugh-out-loud humor. Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel's sense of humor is expressed through their witty perception of the other characters. The reader is left in suspense wondering what kind of chaos this grandmother and granddaughter will create next. I highly recommend this Newbery Medal winning book to examine a different kind of relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Touching Novel: A Year Down Yonder March 28 2004
Format:Paperback
A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck, gives its readers entertainment as well as a little hope of developing good relationships with their grandparents. This Newbery Medal Award winning book was set in a small town called Wabash in the late 1930s. Peck created an atmosphere in which all of his characters lived through the Depression. The reader gets some view of how the living conditions were in those days. The novel started when Mary Alice was being sent to live with her grandma. Grandma was one of those people who was disliked by many of the town's residents. Mary Alice really didn't want to stay at Grandma's house, and she wasn't ready to leave her parents and friends behind.
I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who may have some sort of bad relationship with their grandparents. It shows its readers that many people do not take the time to actually get to know their grandparents. Grandparents are very important in one's life and no one should ever take them for granted. A Year Down Yonder depicts the true characteristics of grandparents: caring, protecting, and trusting. This book also keeps the reader interested. It tells of the many adventures that Mary Alice and Grandma went on and it also develops a lot of conflict throughout. Everyone enjoys a little conflict. Peck did an excellent job in developing his characters. The readers are able to create a picture in their minds of how each character may look. Even though this novel is considered a children's book, I would recommend it to readers of all ages. It will touch everyone's heart in a special way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Touching Novel: A Year Down Yonder March 21 2004
Format:Paperback
A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck, gives its readers entertainment as well as little hope of developing good relationships with their grandparents. This Newbery Medal Award winning book was set in a small town called Wabash in the late 1930s. Peck created an atmosphere where all of his characters lived through the Depression. The reader gets some view of how the living conditions were in those days. The novel started when Mary Alice was being sent to live with her grandma. Grandma was one of those people that was disliked by many of the town's residents. Mary Alice really didn't want to stay at Grandma's house, and she wasn't ready to leave her parents and friends behind.
I would definately suggest this book to anyone that may have some sort of disliking towards their grandparents. It shows its readers that many people do not take the time to actually get to know their grandparents. Grandparents are very important in one's life and no one should ever take them for granted. A Year Down Yonder depicts the true characteristics of grandparents: caring, protecting, and trusting. This book also keeps the reader interested. It tells of the many adventures that Mary Alice and Grandma went on and it also developes a lot of conflict throughout. Everyone enjoys a little conflict. Peck did an excellent job in developing his characters. The readers are able to create a picture in their minds of how each character may look. Even though this novel is considered a children's book, I would recommend it to readers of all ages. It will touch everyone's heart in a special way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder
I liked the second book in this series even more than the first becuase it was funnier, catchier and the ending was very happy and nice! Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by DarLev
4.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder
When Mary Alice goes to her Grandma Dowdel's run-down home in the middle-of-nowhere, she's expecting boredom from the moment she gets off the train until her parents somehow get... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Kathryn Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars full of adventures
a year down yonder is one of the best books ive read. the first one a long way from chicago is about a girle and her brother go to there wacy grandmas house and have lots of fun... Read more
Published on March 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder
When Mary Alice has to go down to her grandma's house without Joey, she gets into some new adventures.
A Year Down Yonder is about a girl named Mary Alice and her grandma. Read more
Published on March 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Richard Peck's Newbery award book A Year Down Yonder is a great book. Its about a Chicago girl who moves to the country for the summer with her grandma. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder
In A Year Down Yonder a teenager named Mary Alice moves to the country from Chicago. She has to live with her Grandma who is known to like to use guns. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Year Down Yonder
A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck, was a book about a grandmother and grandaughter's relationship during the Depression and how they survived and got food. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Laughter
Oh my! this book is destined for a movie and i will be first in line. it is not just funny for kids, but i thought that it was the funniest book ive ever read. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard book not to love(if you like comedy).
Do you like surprises, drama, and comedy? Well if you do, A Year Down Yonder is right for you.
A Year Down Yonder was written in 2000 by Richard Peck. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003
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