A Year Down Yonder

By Richard Peck

A linked series of vignettes set in rural Illinois during the Depression, A Year Down Yonder tells the story of fifteen-year-old Mary Alice who leaves Chicago to spend a year with Grandma Dowdel. Her initial apprehension about life in a small town with a scheming old woman gradually gives way to admiration and love as she recognizes the warm heart behind Grandma's shenanigans.

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