A long way from Chicago

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  • This book has a funny take on a summer in the country! This book is great for kids about learning about the Great Depression.  Teachers and Parents can also talk to kids about life in the 1930's. It explains the difference between rural areas and city areas. This story makes people see what most people think of the typical grandma. It is a Newberry Medal for children. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 rating. 
  • Grandma Dowdel is a very complicated character. She is not the typical grandma type.  She is very independent. She is caring in a sneaky way that she does not really want others to know! She says she does not care about her town, but deep down she really does. The kids seem to get a different side of her every time they visit
  • Joey Dowdel is the main character of this story. Joey is also the narrarator. In this story we get to watch Joey evolve from 9 years old  to a man in uniform who is going to fight in World War II. We get to see the visits from a young boys point of view! We get to watch him grow up. Joey is a big dreamer and very brave. He is just a respectful easy character to like. 
  • A Long Way From Chicago  By Richard Peck
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  • Mary Alice Dowdel is the third character of this story. She is .Joeys's little sister.At the beginning of this story she is 7 years old.  At the beginning of the story she is very proper and kind. She is a girly girl.  Mary Alice goes from being very delicate to very strong willed. 
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