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Publisher's Summary

Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel return for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when 15-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Her extended visit is filled with moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.
©2008 Richard Peck (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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  • Aaron
  • United States
  • 01-06-11

love it.

It's been over 3 years since I listen the first book "Long away from chicago" which i really loved it. This book is awesom, I'm glad I listened to it.

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Where is Grandma Dowdle's personality?

What did you love best about A Year Down Yonder?

I loved the continuing story of Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdle, and her antics. It was a great story!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lois Smith?

I would like to have the narrator who was cast for "A Long Way from Chicago" in spite of the fact that the book is from the perspective of Mary Alice. He did such an excellent job with all of the characters, especially Grandma Dowdle. I did not enjoy Ms. Smith's interpretation at all.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 11-22-15

Sooo funny


This was a laugh out loud short that I could have listened to for hours more. The small town, rural, characters are the very best!! All are so creative and quite different that I could not wait to see what they would do next. Grandma is someone I would love to know. This is a series I won't miss.

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Grandma the camel

I think it had good description and I liked the cats Bootsie and April. I didn’t like the part about the. Black snake

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Great book

Great story line by Peck. Great narration! Need to find other books by this author!

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A Year Down Yonder is Wonderful!

It isn't a long book but it is so great. it takes you back to another time a world we don't know..but it is still the same. Women are still the same and teenage girls are especially still the same. Definitely 5 STARS!!

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One of my favorite books!

Though this is for young people, it is so much fun, so full of wit and humor, and so well performed by Lois Smith, that anyone, yes anyone of any age or culture, would enjoy it. Don't hesitate! Download this book now! It didn't win the coveted Newbury Award for nothing!

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This is great!

I'm not a fan of books in fact I dread reading them but I forced myself to sit down and start reading this. Once I did, I immediately fell in love with the little girl and her grandma in the story! This is such a cute story!

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This is probably the best fiction book i have read

It is the best!! I would 100% recommend it for everyone of all ages! It is well written and humorous. It is definitely the best fiction book- on par with the other books in this series.

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  • Kati
  • Lockhart, Texas, United States
  • 12-26-11

Great quick read...

What did you love best about A Year Down Yonder?

Loved the down to earth country feel of the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The grandmother was the best character in this book. You never know what she was going to do next.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Christmas pageant was the best scence in the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending of this children's book left the reader wanting more.