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A Long Way From Chicago by: Richard Peck. 1999 Newbery Honor Book. Richard Peck writes about the adventures of Mary Alice and her brother Joey, while on summer vacation with their Grandma. . Meet Grandma Dowdel, a hilariously zany old lady.

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1999 newbery honor book
1999 Newbery Honor Book
  • Richard Peck writes about the adventures of Mary Alice and her brother Joey, while on summer vacation with their Grandma. 
slide3
Meet Grandma Dowdel, a hilariously zany old lady.
  • Mary Alice and Joey spend 7 summers with her, each one funnier than the last.
slide4
Grandma is a one-woman crime wave!
  • Joey and Mary Alice

are rightfully apprehensive

about being towed along

for the ride.

  • Visit this sleepy Illinois town today.
2001 newbery medal winner
2001 Newbery Medal Winner
  • The sequel to A Long Way From Chicago.
  • Mary Alice gets to spend a WHOLE YEAR down yonder with Grandma!
slide7
As Mary Alice boards the train which will take her to meet her grandma, her mother whispers “better you than me!”

Come along and join one of Grandma’s crazy schemes. You just might be glad you did!

slide8
Can you guess why Grandma, shotgun in hand, is chasing a less than fully dressed woman out of the attic who also, by the way, happens to be in the grasp of a not-so-friendly snake?

Enquiring minds want to know!

another book from a newbery award winning author
Her tombstone reads:

ELECTRA DIETZ

1851-1912

SHH

HERE LIES THE LIBRARIAN

AFTER YEARS OF SERVICE,

TRIED AND TRUE,

HEAVEN STAMPED HER—

OVERDUE!

Another book from a Newbery Award Winning Author
come along and enjoy the ride
Eleanor (aka “Peewee”) and her brother Jake only want to run their auto shop.

The new librarian, Irene Ridpath, plans to turn Peewee’s life upside down.

Come along and enjoy the ride.