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Fair Weather

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Richard Peck transports us back to 1893, to the Chicago World's Fair and its breathtaking mix of personalities and glimpses of the future.
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Published August 1st 2002 by Listening Library (first published 2001)
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Melissa McShane
Sweet little story about a rural family of three children who, with their grandfather and aunt, experience the joys of the Chicago World's Fair. I’m a little surprised that Richard Peck wrote this; it feels like the shadow of A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. Interesting topic, but the characters aren’t as fully developed as I like and much of the plot hangs on coincidence. I liked it, but overall I’d call it weak.
Sep 12, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Peck is what I call the Norman Rockwell of authors. He always brings a sense of nostalgia to his works and evokes a warm feeling as you read his stories. "Fair Weather: is another tale that does the same.

It is 1893, Chicago hosted what was called "The World's Columbian Exposition" or other wise known as "The World's Fair." Also on a farm in Indiana, thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett and her family received a letter from their Aunt Euterpe who was a widower and lived in Chicago. Rosie had n
Currently top secret, obviously.
Jul 11, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is a great, quick, informative read. But, read it for more than just that.
What I love about Richard Peck is he has found his niche, his cozy, creative writing style and he sticks with it. And it works perfectly for him. I enjoy just how many times I smile reading his stuff and how clever he is with his sayings. This book sparkles with wit and wisdom. I adore this man and his writing.

If you need a good present for your Mom, any of his books are a great idea. I guarantee she will love it.

The book Fair Weather by Richard Peck is a pretty good book. It is about this girl named Rosie Beckett who recieves a letter from her aunt Eutrepe to go the a fair in Chicago 1893. Her mother had a very tough time deciding weather or not they are going to go. Their are only 3 train tickets so her dad and grandpa will not be able to go. Her mother decided yo go to the fair. When they arrived it was so pretty. They all went to the fair snd had a great time. They came back home and Rosie would neve ...more
Short & Sweet: Richard Peck's books are well known to librarians everywhere, but his books rarely seem to be checked out by students at my elementary school. I loved the way this book was written, taking you back to the time period with the setting, characters and even the writing of dialogue within. Readers that are interested in Chicago's past will enjoy this novel. I think Peck's books are fantastic books to share on the topic of historical fiction. I love the way the dialogue reflects t ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fair Weather - Another delightful book from Newbery-winning author, Richard Peck! I had to read this after his exceptionally funny “Long Way from Chicago” and “A Year Down Yonder.”

Loved this book also! Not the laugh-out-loud-even-if-you’re-reading-alone category (like the other two), but absolutely entertaining non-the less. Wonderful characters take us back to a time not even on my radar. Didn’t matter!

I knew absolutely NOTHING about the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Couldn’t tell you
Always love Richard Peck. He creates such a sense of time and place, his writing is great and his characters quirky but lovable. I read once that he was awarded a lifetime writing award for being a gift to the youth of America - he's a gift to everyone interested in how life was lived.
Jun 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fair Weather is another solid Richard Peck children's novel. Chicago once again plays a role in Peck's tale; in fact, it's a very big role. The novel is set in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition, or World Fair, in Chicago. Three country kids wind up in the Windy City for the fair along with their boisterous granddad and his dog, Tip. The novel is told from the perspective of the middle child, Rosie, who is about to turn 14. The book is full of humor, yet what I enjoyed the most was followi ...more
I read Richard Peck for "feel-good books". I love traveling back in history with humor and wit.
Jun 01, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's a great history lesson about the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.Peck is good with description and atmospherics that really put you in the scene without being too wordy. The narrator is a 14 year old farm girl from rural Illinois who tells the story of how her family came to visit their estranged aunt in the big city and experienced the fair. Of course, it's a YA book and short so the plot is neatly wrapped up in the end and everyone lives happily ever after, but I didn't mind because the stor ...more
Becky B
Rose lives on a typical Illinois farm of 1893. She, her older sister Lottie, and her younger brother Buster have heard about the fair happening in Chicago, but they never in their lives thought they'd see it themselves. But then Aunt Euterpe shocks the family by first of all sending a letter (a monumentous event in itself) and then announcing that she was going to take the children and Mama to the fair this summer. The letter includes four train tickets to Chicago. Now Rose knows Mama and she's ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From my blog:

Richard Peck, Fair Weather (New York: Puffin Books, 2001), 130 pages

Its 1893, and three children who have grown up on a farm in Southern Illinois are going on the trip of their life. The story is told through the middle child, Rosie. She has an older sister and a younger brother. Their aunt has sent then tickets on the Illinois Central so that they could come and stay visit her in Chicago and attend the Worldâs Fair. Their mother was supposed to go with them, but she sent her ticke
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Jan 24, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Is Fair Weather my absolute favorite novel by Richard Peck? In all fairness, how could I really ever choose? Sure, I love, love, love some more than others. Some I've reread more than others. Some I've recommended more than others. But most that I've read (so far) have been worth it. Fair Weather is no exception.

World's Fair. Chicago. 1893. I really enjoyed so many things about Fair Weather. I liked the three Beckett siblings. I liked the narrator, Rosie. I liked the younger brother, Buster. I
As always, Richard Peck’s storytelling is spot on. The characters are credible, easy to connect with, and (perhaps most important) fun to read about. The story itself naturally spills from the characters’ being themselves (which is easy to read but difficult to write). Perhaps the most outstanding element of Fair Weather is the profusion of period detail that Peck has woven into the characters’ lives so seamlessly that anyone short of a period historian will probably never realize it’s there. (I ...more
Janet Maxwell
Aug 03, 2014 Janet Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I haven't read a book by Richard Peck that I didn't love. He has the most amazing wit and ability the create characters. Grandpa Fuller was one unforgettable character and the setting of the Great Chicago World's Fair made the book even more interesting. Can't wait to recommend this book to student.
Jul 16, 2016 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many books have taken me there that I'd love to go back in time to the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. This is a much sweeter account than The Devil in the White City. This is another great little nostalgic book by Richard Peck.
Mary Beth
Aug 13, 2015 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reversal of Peck's "big city kids visit the country" from the delightful Grandma Dowdell stories, this book is "country kids visit the big city" -- the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, no less! Wonderful characters and a tremendous description of the wonders of the Fair itself. You really get a taste of the birth of the 20th century. There are perfect photographs of the actual Fair itself doubling as postcards (which were first introduced at the Fair, by the way) and a quick history of the cow-town ...more
Kimberly Ann
Aunt Euterpe sends Mama a it are 4 tickets to Chicago and an invitation to visit the World Columbian Exposition (1893) for Mama, Lottie, Rosie, & Buster. Granddad, however, is Not Invited! Mama decides to send the kids and returns her ticket to Aunt Euterpe.....

Well don't you know as the train heads out of town towards Chicago, it makes a sudden stop....lo & behold, it's Granddad....who snagged Mama's ticket out of the letter going back to Aunt Euterpe...

Things get off to a r
Nov 18, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was listening to this book, I thought I came across a Richard Peck book that I didn't like as much as the others. It felt choppy and I didn't know the characters as well as I would like. Then, it seemed like it was wrapping up the story in only 2 discs instead of three. I looked into things and discovered that I had skipped the first disc and went straight to the second. No wonder the characters weren't very well developed. That all happened at the beginning. Anyway, I did enjoy the book af ...more
David Edmonds
Richard Peck's story of Rosie Beckett's adventure to the 1893 World's Columbian Expo is, in a word, enchanting. This was my first time reading anything by Peck, and I'm sure to find more by him.

Rosie, her mother, sister and brother are invited by their Aunt Euterpe to travel to Chicago to see the World's Fair. Their mother decides not to go, but thinks it might be a good idea to send the children. Never having traveled farther from home than their horse could travel, Chicago might as well have b
Richie Partington
5/23/2001 FAIR WEATHER by Richard Peck, Dial Books, October 2001

We left Oakland at dawn, flew in to BWI, and caught a shuttlebus down to the DC Hostel. It was just getting dark by the time we'd checked in. ALA Midwinter was starting in the morning. We dropped our stuff in the room, bundled up, and headed back downstairs. Out the door, make a left, walk down past the Convention Center and between a couple of the Smithsonian buildings to the middle of The Mall. First, to the Washington Monument, a
Jun 26, 2009 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Peck keeps writing the book that I want to write. While this is not my favorite of his books, it still reminds me that I have a book I want to write - unfortunately, Peck wrote it first.
A farm family goes to the Chicago Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at the invitation of the aunt who lives in the city. One is being sent to get her away from a boyfriend her mother doesn't approve of. Their grandfather slips into the group so that he can see Buffalo Bill Cody's show, which was not permitted
Oct 26, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a librarian in the youth department at my local library. She had praised it—and the author—very highly. The book did not disappoint. Through humor and great story-telling, Richard Peck succeeds in enlightening us, the reader, while entertaining us at the same time. The Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 provides the backdrop for a coming-of-age story of the main character, thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett. Not only was it an event of historical signifi ...more
Caroline Davis's Review:

In the thirteen years of her life, Rosie Beckett has never traveled farther from her farm than a horse could take her in one day. This all changes when a letter arrives from her Aunt Euterpe in Chicago, inviting Rosie and her siblings to come visit for a week to see the World's Columbian Exposition - the 1893 Chicago World's Fair! For a country girl impressed by getting to travel on a train, the marvels of the World's Fair are almost too incredible to believe. If only the
Carmen Montopoli
Peck creates another batch of memorable characters for this trip to the 1893 Columbian Exposition. While the plot is both simple and predictable, it's also a great romp through the foibles of high society in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Featuring cameos from Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, the characters in this book rub elbows with some of the greatest figures to come out of this period in American history. The narrator, the middle sister of three siblings, has a wry, no-nonsense voice that m ...more
Dec 23, 2007 Yoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13-year-old Rosie Beckett, isn't quite sure what inspired her mother to allow Rosie and her two siblings to visit rich Aunt Euterpe in a "place with a million or so people, most of them criminals," but she suspects it has something to do with her wanting to separate Rosie's older sister, Lottie, from her suitor, "a drifter and probably a grifter." In any case, Lottie, Rosie and their younger brother, Buster, accompanied by their flamboyant grandfather, nearly burst with excitement as they embark ...more
Chelsie Hill
In my opinion, Fair Weather is a decent book. It's not great, it's not terible, just decent. The book takes place in 1893, so it's pretty cool to see what life was like back then. That's the main reason I liked this book. One of the reasons I did not like this book, was that it never left me on the edge of my seat wondering what's next. Also, the author barely used any emotion. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fictions, if you dont like them, do not read this book.
Jun 02, 2016 Loganhurd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Richard Peck's Book, Fair Weather, he describes the story of a woman's experience during the 1893 World Tour in Chicago. She describes all the latest fashions and inventions that are displayed in the fair, and tell her side of the event. it was lacking some plot, however it was still pretty easy to follow and kept its pace for a reading level. I enjoyed the book, and recommend it to anyone who likes older novels, especially in the 1890's
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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