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Gayle’s Gable

The adventures of Grandma Dowdel continue in Richard Peck’s sequel to A Long Way from Chicago,  A Year Down Yonder. The novel’s focus shifts from Joey in the first book, to Mary Alice, now 15, in the second. A recession hangs over the country. Mom and Dad must downsize to one small room and Mary Alice is sent to live with Grandma Dowdel. Join Grandma and Mary Alice through a new school year of holidays, tornadoes, and Royce McNabb. Grandma Dowdel’s unwavering sense of justice and an eye for the poor and needy shine through her hair-brained antics. What’s your favorite Grandma Dowdel story? Does your grandma have one to top it?

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Gayle’s Gable

Every summer, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice, find themselves on a train from Chicago to Grandma’s small town somewhere on the way to St. Louis. Richard Peck’s A Long Way From Chicago takes place during the Great Depression and Grandma Dowdel doesn’t even have indoor plumbing. Yet Grandma delivers one surprise after another for the siblings and many laugh-out-loud moments for the reader. Tales of Grandma Dowdel’s twelve gauge shotgun, the sheriff caught in his underwear, and gooseberry pie contests keep the pages turning. Don’t miss this one. Read it with your grandma if you can.

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