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A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
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Jul 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: newbery-award-books
Read in July, 2009

I'm going to see Richard Peck speak at a conference in August, but I needed to catch up on what he's been writing since I last picked up one of his books in, ah, 1991 or so. A Year Down Yonder is an odd children's book, as the main character is arguably Grandma Dowdel, and the narrator, Mary Alice, is an adult looking back on her year spent living with her grandma toward the end of the Depression. I enjoyed it as a 29-year-old, though I can't say if the 11-year-old me would have been into it.

Richard Peck is great at giving readers a payoff in terms of surprise and story structure. If he mentions, even briefly, a noise in Grandma Dowdel's attic, trust him that you'll know what that noise is before the story's done -- and it might just be something crazy. Characters recur, vengeance is (humorously) taken, and loose ends are tied. A satisfying light read.

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Catherine Well, I'm eleven and I absolutely LOVED the book!!! This is my 8th favorite book only after Harry Potter. The audio book is really good too!

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