A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way from ChicagoPublished: 1998

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


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