Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)

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A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck


In A Long Way from Chicago, Joey Dowdel and his younger sister, Mary Alice, are sent to spend a week every summer from 1929-1935 with their grandmother in her small Illinois town located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis.

In A Year Down Yonder, Mary Alice is 15 years old, and has been sent to spend an entire year with her Grandma Dowdel in the small, rural Illinois town. With the Depression in full swing, the teenager hesitantly leaves her home in Chicago.

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