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What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy.

August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's -- each one funnier than the year before -- in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rollicking good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.

ISBN-10: 0307259838
ISBN-13: 9780307259837
13 Book Reviews
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  • ValThursday, October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am
    so funny and exciting!!!
    • h-banana14
      h-banana14Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm55 stars
      I absolutely loved this cunning book by Richard Peck! The book is broken into nine different mini stories about Joey and Mary Alice visiting their crazy, small town grandmother. While the kids are visiting they have many adventure and there are surprises around every corner!
      • maiya132
        maiya132Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:57 am33 stars
        Its...interesting. I had to read it for a book club, and the Grandma in the story is just..different. I think it was an OK book for how old it was
        • ocelot
          ocelotSaturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:04 am33 stars
          I got kind of confused when I read it. I think that it was about a son going on a vacation with his crazy grandmother. You might understand it, have fun!
          • edmodo-yhnjsakawp
            edmodo-yhnjsakawpSaturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm55 stars
            i like the grandma she's funny haha!!
            • edmodo-yhnjsakawp
              edmodo-yhnjsakawpSaturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm55 stars
              I like it a lot I read at school!
              • edmodo-yhnjsakawp
                edmodo-yhnjsakawpSaturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm55 stars
                I think it is a really good book!
                • juak300
                  juak300Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm
                  not good not bad
                  • rainbeaux
                    rainbeauxWednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:28 am11 star
                    I did not like this book. A long way from Chicago is about a brother and sister who are forced to visit their grandmother over the summer. I found the plot and characters boring. I do not recommend this book.
                    • brrobinson
                      brrobinsonThursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:00 am55 stars
                      I like this book.