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  • 152 pages
  • A Year Down Yonder
  • Richard Peck
  • 03 September 2016

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  1. Julie Julie says:

    I can often tell how old a person's grandmother was when she died by the grandchild's descriptions of her If “Grandma” is perpetually frozen in time as a “dear” woman who baked batches of cookies by the dozen I can usually surmise that the grandchild lost her at a relatively young ageOther evidence how “Grandma” smelled If the grandmother died while the grandchild was still young this is typically something favorable Ivory soap rose oil shortbread cookies a particular perfume If on the other hand your “Grandma” lived until you were almost 40 years old and you spent 12 consecutive summers living with her you might have a whole different impression of herWhen you come to know your grandmother as a full bodied adult you may still love her like crab cakes but you might just might know a few things about her that could make you want to throw her old relish dish across the room tooMy experience of my paternal grandmother is so loaded I still struggle to make peace with her some 10 years now after her passing Probably the most challenging and cathartic review I ever wrote for a book was for Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel Many of my confused feelings about my grandparent were mirrored in that storyAnd here in Richard Peck's 2001 Newbery Medal winner A Year Down Yonder I unexpectedly stumbled upon another leading lady Mary Alice Dowdel who can't uite negotiate what it feels like to live with a difficult and outspoken grandmotherWow This was not only a brilliantly written book it twisted me up in a few tight knots tooGrandma Dowdel is a piece of work but she's a survivor too I was pleasantly surprised to find this spirited exploration of a complicated intergenerational relationship between two women in this middle grades read Luckily my girls enjoyed it as much as I didWith a small turn of hand Grandma waved Mrs Sheets away Mrs Sheets remained at her post “Mrs Dowdel” she went on “you're not everybody's cup of tea Well it's common knowledge isn't it? But we girls would be proud as Punch to have you join our Auxiliary if you're a veteran's wife Did your late husband go to war?”“Only with me” Grandma said “and he lost every time”


  2. Melki Melki says:

    With her father out of work during the Great Depression Mary Alice the female half of the Windy City siblings that we met in A Long Way from Chicago returns to stay not just for a week in the summer but for a WHOLE YEAR at Grandma Dowdel's place Though her Grandma is still as feisty as ever Mary Alice has grown a bit and she's not looking forward to spending so much time in that tiny town The year passes uickly though and thanks to Grandma Dowdel rather eventfully what with all the school activities and Grandma's attempts to keep her privy from being vandalized Though perhaps not uite as funny as the first book this one ends up being much touching and heartfelt I was listening to the audio in the car and had to pull over to the side of the road after being moved to tears by the end of the Veteran's Day chapter This is just another wonderful book by Peck I'm really looking forward to one encounter with Grandma Dowdel in A Season of Gifts She's unforgettable


  3. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    It’s 1937 and many Americans are learning that the Great Depression which began eight years previously is not over In fact people are losing their jobs and being evicted and having to scrounge for food This is the case for Mary Alice’s family So while her brother featured in the “Newberry Honor winning A Long Way from Chicago” goes to the Civilian Conservation Corps Mary Alice is bound “downstate” to spend a year with Grandma Dowdel Mary Alice a young teen takes her cat and radio with on the Wabash “Blue Bird” which leaves Chicago bound for St Louis For an Illinois resident “downstate” refers to anything but the Chicago metro area Mary Alice isn’t going to St Louis just some flag stop little town about halfway along the route We will get to know it very well through Mary Alice’s eyes Peck shows a deft hand at striking a folksy note but not going overboard to “cutesy” People may be slightly exaggerated but their lives and occupations ring true “That’s Aunt Mae Griswold The Cowgills brought her to town in their dairy wagon She don’t get out much any”“Grandma how old IS she?”“Oh I don’t know” Grandma said “You’d have to cut off her head and count the rings in her neck” “When Sunday afternoon finally came the whole town was sleeping off big dinners as I paced the front room Grandma was offstage but audible I could hear her two rooms away One of her snores had a whistle in it like Aunt Mae’s Her other one was low and throaty like pigs eating clinkers”Grandma is a force of nature and a woman that most in town steer clear of Mary Alice is looked upon as the “rich kid from Chicago” despite her few threadbare outfits We get a full twelve months of Mary Alice and Grandma trying to get along get by and get to the next event in a very full and satisfying year I believe that while this book is intended for teens and young adults it can be appreciated by a wider audience I certainly enjoyed the descriptions of rural life and the humorous characterizations 45 Thanks again to my GR friend Julie for spotlighting this for me


  4. Annet Annet says:

    Gorgeous kid's book for all ages Grandma is really hilariousA laugh and a happy tear A fun read Makes you feel good I read A long way from Chicago the first book years ago and been meaning to read this one for a long time And my is it worthed Recommended Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois own had been packed with enough surprises and drama to fill the double bill of any picture show But now she's fifteen and with her parents facing hard times in Chicago she is sent to Grandma again but this time she faces a whole long year with Grandma a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors and every one else All Mary Alice can know for certain is this when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out better not Then their leader advanced upon Grandma By the name on her cap she was Mrs WT Sheets her medals jangled importantly Grandma observed her approach Mrs Dowdelsaid Mrs Sheets I'm here to tell you that you're twice as bald faced and brazen and yes I have to say shameless as the rest of us girls put together In the presence of these witnesses I'm on record for saying you outdo the most two faced two fisted shortchanger flimflam artist and full time extortionist anybody ever saw working this part of the country And all I have to say is God bless you for your good work With a small turn of hand Grandma waved Mrs Sheets away Mrs Sheets remained at her post Mrs Dowdel she went on you're not everybody's cup of tea Well it's common knowledge isn't it? But we girls would be proud as Punch to have you join our Auxiliary if you're a veteran's wife Did your late husband go to war? Only with meGrandma said and he lost every time


  5. Brenda Brenda says:

    Mary Alice’s father had lost his job so her parents moved to a small room only suitable for two sending her brother Joey in one direction and Mary Alice in the other; she was to stay with Grandma Dowdel for a year Mary Alice was fifteen and couldn’t imagine not seeing her friends having a telephone or the internet or even television – starting a new school made her nervous With her previous visits to her Grandma’s having been spent with Joey and only for a week she had no idea how she would get on for a whole yearGrandma had all the folk from her small town frightened of her – and Mary Alice slowly began to see Grandma’s ways Never one to show her feelings it got so Mary Alice could read her – and her Grandma certainly knew what Mary Alice was thinking; even before she was thinking it I absolutely loved A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck An absolutely delightful laugh out loud rendition of life love and laughter among the hard times of the depression – Grandma was a fabulous character With a dry wit stoic personality and strength of purpose that only the women of small towns who knew hardship seemed to have she brings this book to life This is my first book by this author but I’ll definitely be looking for Highly recommended to all


  6. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Highly enjoyable down homey tales of yesteryear If you can't get enough of stuff like Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story this little series is just your patch o' sweet potatoesGrandma Dowdel is a fiesty old broad think Vicki Lawrence's Mama character who possesses a Jeeves esue way of fixing others' problems In this book two Grandma gets a visit from her teenaged granddaughter from whose pov we see the story unfold It's a year in the life of a teen girl going to school and living away from family during the Depression era in the rural MidwestRichard Reck's characters are larger than life and fun as all get out He does an admirable job with period details making it easy for the reader to get lost in the time and place of these delightful scenes A Year Down Yonder is good fun but probably a little less over the top silly than the first book For me it set a better tone this way


  7. Amy Amy says:

    My 5th and 6th graders are currently reading this book It's uite delightful I started the audio book on the way home from work and couldn't turn it off I adore big boned Grandma Dowdel with her crafty schemes her happy trigger finger and her eyes in the back of her heart Some of her ornery sayings and unexpected pranks had me laughing out loud And best of all her bold pushy cantankerous exterior hides her tender compassionate unselfish interior Watching Mary Alice grow to care for and understand her grandmother through the course of the story was touching Much to her own surprise she even begins to emulate Grandma in some ways Side noteAfter reading the first three chapters all my students boys and girls came to school today raving about Grandma D If you ever plan to do an in depth character analysis with middle grade students I suggest this book They raced through pages and shouted over each other to provide specific examples of her character traits And they're already asking if we can read the rest of the series Not a bad endorsement if you ask me


  8. The Dusty Jacket The Dusty Jacket says:

    It was 1937 and the country was in the midst of what people were calling the Roosevelt recession The Dowdel family like so many others had hit upon hard times and Mary Alice was to be sent to live with her grandmother until the family got back on their feet She and her brother Joey had spent many summers with Grandma Dowdel in her sleepy Illinois town but Mary Alice was fifteen now and this visit was going to be a full twelve months With no telephone an outdoor privy a spooky attic and everything being as old as Grandmaif not olderhow was a city girl from Chicago going to survive in this hick town for one whole year?A Year Down Yonder received the Newbery Medal in 2001 and was the seuel to Peck’s A Long Way from Chicago recipient of a Newbery Honor in 1999 In this wildly amusing and heartfelt book Peck delivers one of the most outrageous audacious outlandish and unforgettable characters when he gave us Grandma Dowdel She’s trigger happy and the whole town knows it and not afraid to speak her mind But behind that gruff and crusty exterior lies a woman who’s generous to a fault and genuinely cares about her neighborsalthough she would be the first to deny it Peck gives us small town life and everything that comes with it From turkey shoots and Halloween hijinks to Burdicks you’ll know one when you see ‘em and burgoo Grandma Dowdel handles everything with humor and candor and might even treat you to a glass of buttermilk and a suare of corn bread in the processA Year Down Yonder takes readers to rural America and back to a time where folks learned how to make the most with what little they had and considered themselves blessed if they had their health their family and one or two people that could be counted on when it mattered most It’s a delightful and amusing book that extolls the virtues of kindness and the importance of family It also reminds us not to judge a book by its cover for it is often the tartest apples that make the best pies Just ask Grandma Dowdel


  9. ✨Susan✨ ✨Susan✨ says:

    This was a laugh out loud short that I could have listened to for hours The small town rural characters are the very best All are so creative and uite different that I could not wait to see what they would do next Grandma is someone I would love to know This is a series I won't miss


  10. Skip Skip says:

    35 stars I did not really care much for Mary Alice who is sent to spend the year with her kooky grandmother because her parents cannot afford to feed her in the late 1930's On the other hand I really liked the grandmother who is a hoot and a prankster wreaking mischief both on deserving teenagers and adults My favorite uote from the grandmother about how much easier life was then When I was a girl we had to walk in our sleep to keep from freezing to death This is a feel good story though written for middle age readers Fun and funny


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A Year Down Yonder➻ [Reading] ➽ A Year Down Yonder By Richard Peck ➰ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Mary Alice remembers childhood summers packed with drama At fifteen she faces a whole long year with Grandma Dowdel well known for shaking up her neighbors and everyone else All Mary Alice can know fo Mary Alice remembers childhood summers packed with drama At fifteen she faces a whole long year with Grandma Dowdel well known for shaking up her neighbors and everyone else All Mary Alice can know for certain is this when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out better not Move to Awards New York Times BestsellerAn ALA Notable BookAn ALA Best Book for Young AdultsA Booklist Best Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the Year .


About the Author: Richard Peck

Richard Peck was an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature He was awarded the Newbery Medal in for his novel A Year Down Yonder For his cumulative contribution to young adult literature he received the Margaret A Edwards Award from the American Library Association in .