A YEAR DOWN YONDER by Richard Peck
Accelerated Reader: Level: 4.5. Pts. 4.

Chapter One (8 Questions) FREE SAMPLE QUIZ!


Chapter Two (7 Questions)


Chapter Three (8 Questions)


Chapter Four (7 Questions)


Chapter Five (8 Questions)


Chapter Six (7 Questions)


Chapters Seven-Eight (7 Questions)


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CHAPTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Chapter One: Prologue and Rich Chiago Girl

Chapter Two: Vittles and Vengeance

Chapter Three: A Minute in the Morning

Chapter Four: Away in a Manger

Chapter Five: Hearts and Flour

Chapter Six: A Dangerous Man

Chapter Seven: Gone with the Wind

Chapter Eight: Ever After


Book Description:

Grandma Dowdel's back! She's just as feisty and terrifying and goodhearted as she was in Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago, and every bit as funny. In the first book, a Newbery Honor winner, Grandma's rampages were seen through the eyes of her grandson Joey, who, with his sister, Mary Alice, was sent down from Chicago for a week every summer to visit.

But now it's 1937 and Joey has gone off to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, while 15-year-old Mary Alice has to go stay with Grandma alone--for a whole year, maybe longer. From the very first moment when she arrives at the depot clutching her Philco portable radio and her cat, Bootsie, Mary Alice knows it won't be easy. And it's not.

Mary Alice has to sleep alone in the attic, attend a hick town school where in spite of her worn-out coat she's "the rich girl from Chicago," and be an accomplice in Grandma's outrageous schemes to run the town her own way--and do good while nobody's looking. But being Grandma's sidekick is always interesting, and by the end of the year, Mary Alice has grown to see the formidable love in the heart of her formidable Grandma.

Peck is at his best with these hilarious stories that rest solidly within the American literary tradition of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Teachers will cherish them as great read-alouds, and older teens will gain historical perspective from this lively picture of the depression years in small-town America.