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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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  • igotthebeat
    igotthebeatTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    A brother and a sister have to spend the summer with their grandmother. It is hilarious. Their grandma is a it crazy but altogether it's a gret book.
    • sunnybunnycutie
      sunnybunnycutieSaturday, March 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm44 stars
      It was a pretty funny story and is a bit hard to follow at first, but some of the adventures the 2 kids embark on with there grandmother is really cool and interesting.
      • teacher_1703
        Meagan SternerTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:21 am
        This book is about the hilarious adventures of a brother and sister who have to spend the summer with their grandmother, who is a little bit crazy.