Author: Richard Peck
Rating: 4/5 stars
Book Blurb: Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice two city slickers from Chicago visit Grandma Dowdel’s seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it’s far from sleepy, and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn’t resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry all in one day, Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they’ll never forget!
I really enjoyed this Newberry Honor Book. Starting in 1929, it tells the story of two kids who spend each summer with their grandmother in Illinois. It’s full of quirky characters and happenings and lessons, good lessons about caring for others, interdependence, not judging others just to name a few. I really liked it. Great slice of life stories with heart and a dash of historical fiction. The stories were funny and had some twists I didn’t see coming!