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A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
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Mar 28, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

After thoroughly adoring A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, and believing that there is no adult character in YA literature who holds a candle to Mrs. Dowdel, I was thrilled to see her reappearance. As readers found in those other two books, she has a closet heart of gold and an irreverent, perhaps eccentric, way about her. She lives by the strength of her convictions, which doesn’t always sit well in a small Midwestern town ca. 1960 as in this book or in the ‘40s in the earlier ones. Peck’s delightful and reliable style shines as it always does. The new family next door to Mrs. Dowdel is cleverly created. So are the situations which always are in Peck’s books. All that to say, this is awfully good. What it isn’t, however, is as good as the earlier two. I’d like to see Mrs. Dowdel again. It would be nice to see her when Mr. Dowdel was still alive and maybe when her own children were with her. Read it, and enjoy it, but be sure to get to the other two books with her as Grandma Dowdel to her two grandchildren.

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