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A Year Down Yonder


It is Autumn, 1937, and although the Depression has lifted, Mary Alice must leave Chicago to live with her Grandma Dowdel. Because her brother has ... Show synopsis

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  • the return of Grandma Dowdel Oct 25, 2008
    by GoluxGirl

    Mary Alice is a fun, spunky heroine to read about. As the story develops, she learns how to be comfortable with herself and to trust those how love her -- especially the shotgun-toting, close-mouthed grandma. Grandma Dowdel is a wonderful character, one of my absolute favorites. She reminds me a little of the stories my mother tells about her own close-mouthed, no-nonsense, unexpectedly humorous, farm-wife mother.

    Richard Peck truly illuminates the Great Depression era in a clear-eyed, realistic way that makes it accessible to the reader. Which is probably a very good thing, considering our own current economic troubles.

    A gem for any collection.

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