Thursday, May 10, 2012
A Year Down Yonder
Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.
This is the sequel to A Long Way from Chicago, but it can definitely stand alone as I have not read the first book.
This was a cute book with lots of fun stories, but there did not seem to be a point. It was almost like a little kid rambling about what they have done for the last year of there life. The main character is the narrator and tells stories that do not seem to connect to each other. There was no overlying story or point to the book. I also did not realize that we were traveling forward in time. It goes from her being 15 to graduating. I was very confused.
Despite all of this, I think it is definitely a book that the intended audience would love. Kids will love the funny stories throughout the book!