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Publisher's Summary

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 Cowgilll boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back with a dead mouse and a bottle of milk.
August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma to trespass, pinch property, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry - all in one day.
And there's more - much more - as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before. In the grand storytelling tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. And year round, you are sure to enjoy your stay with them.
©2005 Richard Peck (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret T. on 03-16-10


This book and its sequel, A Year Down Yonder, are books the whole family can enjoy listening to. They are entertaining and heartfelt, but not too sappy. Grandma Dowdel is someone you'll never forget. McLarty does an excellent job of narrating, too. Be prepared to be transported back to simpler times, but certainly not boring times!

I've been listening to audiobooks for over 10 years, both with my children and on my own. This is a book you don't want to miss. It's one of my top 10!

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4 out of 5 stars
By destiny rockwood on 05-07-15

Enjoyed this very much!

Fun story. I enjoyed this very much. I will recommend to my kids (ages 9-15) to read too. The narrator did a great job.

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