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A Long Way from Chicago

by Richard Peck
When Joey and Mary Alice, two "city slickers from Chicago", make their summer trips to Grandma's small town, each trip is funnier and more surprising than the year before. A Newbery Honor Book. 190 pages, Ages 9-12

Item Number: 655
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille

Price: $18.50
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Reviews for A Long Way from Chicago
5A Long Way from Chicago is a touching and very funny book. The narrator, Joey Dowdel, shares the experiences of visiting his thrifty, hardworking, no-nonsense grandmother. Each chapter tells the adventures his sister and he have with his grandmother during each of seven week-long summer vacations. Long Way takes place during the Great Depression (1929-1935), so I learned some history while enjoying a great story. The coolest part of the book is the episode where Grandma gets Joey a ride in an old biplane. The funniest part has to do with the sheriff and his deputies when they drunkenly sing about Paddy Murphy while they're wearing only their underwear at the Rod and Gun Club. My favorite character was Grandma Dowdel because of her use of words and the way she loved people without saying it.

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