A Long Way from

A Long Way from Chicago
by Richard Peck

Joey and Mary Alice spend each August at Grand- ma Dowdel's house in a sleepy Illinois town, where they always have crazy adventures thanks to Grandma Dowdel's tendency to take matters into her own hands to 'make things the way they should be'.

Set during the Great Depression, "this satire about small town etiquette is fresh, warm, and anything but ordinary." (Publisher's Weekly)

Awards Won

  • National Honor 1998
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book
  • American Library Association  Best Book for Young Adults 1999
  • National Council for Teachers of English Notable Book 1999
  • Horn Fanfare Award 1999

Reading Levels

Interest Level: Gr. 4-8             DRA Level:  50             Lexile Measure: 750L
Grade Equivalent: 4.6            Guided Reading: V

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This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.