Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



A Long Way from Chicago

A Long Way from Chicago

Spring 2001 Paperback
Ages: 10 - 14 yrs.
Author: Richard Peck
ISBN: 0-14-130352-2
Paperback Price: $4.99
Review:
We began reading A Long Way from Chicago as our bedtime read-a-long book and the boys, 7 and 9, got a real kick out of grandma, who seem to be getting away with all kinds of things kids get punished for. But as the story evolves into each additional chapter, we find that crusty, eccentric Grandma has her large heart in the right place and always has some goal to justify her questionable means. This is entertaining children's literature in the Mark Twain tradition, and I think kids appreciate these less than saintly characters. For older children, the novel harks to a time, the Depression, and a place, small town America, that they rarely glimpse in modern fiction. The writer's voice is wonderful, full of humor and wisdom.
Kay MacIntosh   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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