Series: Grandma Dowdel


A SEASON OF GIFTS by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Pitch-perfect prose, laced with humor and poignancy, strong characterization and a clear development of the theme of gifts one person can offer make this one of Peck's best novels yet—and that's saying something. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
According to 12-year-old Bob, "We Barnharts had moved in next door to a haunted house, if a house can be haunted by a living being." Read full book review >
A YEAR DOWN YONDER by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Year-round fun. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Set in 1937 during the so-called "Roosevelt recession," tight times compel Mary Alice, a Chicago girl, to move in with her grandmother, who lives in a tiny Illinois town so behind the times that it doesn't "even have a picture show." Read full book review >
A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Remarkable and fine. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a novel that skillfully captures the nuances of small-town life, an elderly man reminisces about his annual trips from Chicago to his grandmother's house in rural Illinois during the Depression. Read full book review >