Genre: YA fiction
Length: 148 pages
Setting: rural Illinois, the Great Depression
Interest: My mother recommended Peck as a humorous author to check out.
Summary: Joey and Mary Alix Dowdel lived in Chicago, but they spent a week with their grandmother every summer in the backwoods of Illinois. Each chapter relates an amusing event from one summer. Grandma tended to be a loner who didn’t want to deal with small-town politics. When she did get dragged into the town’s business, she usually figured out a way to get what she wanted.
Final thoughts: A quick and humorous read. I laughed out loud at several of the stories. It would probably make an excellent bedtime story, since each chapter isn’t very long and relatively self-contained. I also enjoyed watching the kids mature from chapter to chapter/year to year.
Title comes from: The town Grandma lived in was culturally a long way from what the kids were used to in Chicago.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 59/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge