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Winner of the 2001 Newbery Honor Medal!

It was within the pages of Richard Peck's Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago that Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel first made their captivating debut. Now they're back for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Expect moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.

Wise, exuberant, and slyly heartwarming, Mary Alice's story is a fully satisfying companion to the celebrated A Long Way from Chicago, which, in addition to receiving the Newbery Honor, was a National Book Award finalist, an ALA Notable Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0307258033
ISBN-13: 9780307258038
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  • nac
    nacFriday, March 22, 2019 at 8:37 am55 stars
    I have read the first and second book and they are hilarious. The grandma is crazy, funny, and smart. Definitely worthy of the Newbery Honor Medal.
    • auntieb
      auntiebThursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm44 stars
      This sequel to A Long Way to Chicago was very pleasant! I absolutely loved reading about Grandma Dowdel and Mary Alice. So, the story of this book is that Mary Alice has to go live with her Grandma Dowdel who lives in the country for a year. Mary Alice is often surprised (to say the least!!) about Grandma Dowdel. Grandma Dowdel hunts foxes, drives tractors into pecan trees and much more! Join Grandma Dowdel and Mary Alice and you'll have a couple of laughs for sure!
      • lilypad162017Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm
        I love it
        • langston_p
          langston_pThursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:39 am44 stars
          I thought this book was an amazing book, and theres a good reason that it has the Newbery Honor Medal. It's about a girl who has to move from Chicago to her grandma's house in the countryside. By herself. Her grandma is also known for causing trouble, and for being very strict and having a short temper. And when she arrives there, a whole new adventure waits for her. She discovers that her grandma isn't as bad as the other people say and her life completely changes. It was a great book and I really enjoyed it. I finished it really quick and I want to read the other book.
          • bubbles821
            bubbles821Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm
            It's a great book and if you read it and like there's another book called Long Way From Chicago that's the first book