Review of:  A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck

Reviewed by:  Daniel

The novel A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck is one of the many reasons I love historical fiction.  Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel visit their grandmother every summer for the nine years of the Great Depression.  Grandma Dowdel is an extremely funny woman.  Throughout this book, there are several stories where Grandma shows her mischievous abilities. But, in each and every story is the problem of the Great Depression.  There are many great examples of the humor in this book such as, the mouse in the milk story and the two old men fighting.  You will also find out what can be done with a cherry bomb!  Will this difficult time get the better of the Dowdel family?  Find out what the kids learn from Grandma’s hilarious lifestyle and adventures.

I really loved this book.  My favorite part was when two old people fought each other.  One thing I did not understand is the relationship between Grandma Dowdel and Mrs. Wilcox.  I say this because it seems Grandma doesn’t like her when she says “her tongue is attached in the middle and flaps at both ends.”  But, later in the story when Mrs. Wilcox leaves, Grandma is depressed.  Mary Alice tells Joey that he doesn’t understand girls; I assume the same for myself.  This an over all great book and I would give it 5/5 stars!

This is a great historical fiction novel.  I think that advanced 3rd grade and up would enjoy it. I really enjoyed the humor in this book and I hope you will too!