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A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
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Jul 08, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 08 to 09, 2010

A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck is an extremely charming story about a 15 year girl who moves to live with her grandma on a farm in central Illinois during the Depression because her parents, like most people were struggling to make ends meet. Until this point, she had lived in Chicago and had much to learn about living on a farm. She had visited her grandma during Summer breaks, but living with her full-time was another story!

Her grandmother is a gruff woman who would rather shoot her foot off before admitting that she has a tender heart! Mary Alice is shocked by the antics of her grandmother initially, but grows to understand and cherish the bizarre wisdom behind her grandmother's behavior. After a full year of living with her grandma, her parents want her to return to Chicago, since they recovered enough financially to have her return. Although she does return to Chicago, she forever holds her grandma's house and the small town in central Illinois close to her heart; so close that when she gets married,she returns to her grandmother's house for the wedding!

I have given you a snippet of information about this charming story, but I don't want to ruin it by giving too many details. It suffices to say that I recommend this book wholeheartedly and believe it would be a great supplemental resource while teaching students about the history of the Great Depression.


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