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Series: Grandma Dowdel


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

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

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

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 >