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A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
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Jun 10, 11

bookshelves: top-100-childrens-novels, secondchildhood
Read in June, 2011

So many things to love about this book. Set during the Depression, this story of Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel's annual summer visits to their grandma's home in rural Illinois reminded me very much of the stories that my mom would tell of her mother, Goldie Perry.

By turns funny and touching, this book will give younger readers a taste of life when walking to the local diner for a Nehi was considered a way to pass an afternoon. Highly recommended.
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