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Book Title: A Long Way from Chicago|
The author of the book: Richard Peck
ISBN 13: 9780142401101
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.10 MB
Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: April 12th 2004
Read full description of the books A Long Way from Chicago:I liked this little book. It was funny. It's about two kids from Chicago who go and visit their Grandma in the country every summer, and how she is exactly like my funny Grandma (aka "Granny") in North Carolina.
My sister recommended this book to me after she read it in her book club. I am a book club virgin. (Meaning, I have never actually belonged to a book club, or attended a live meeting, but I DO love talking about books on this website - oh my gosh, is that like the dorky guys who never actually talk to girls in real life, but chat with girls online all the time and think that counts???)
I forgot what I was saying.
Oh yeah. So anyways, I have never been in a real live book club, but I don't know what you would actually discuss about this book. Unless, of course, you have a southern grandma like me and my sister do. I don't think most people do.
Here is a story about my Granny and my one and only cousin Daniel. This is exactly what the Grandma in this book was like, except it's a real story about my real Granny.
Daniel was a little kid, and he found fire crackers in one of her closets. He asked if he could set them off in her back yard and she said "Sure!". So he set them off. Unfortunately, they were illegal, and someone called the police. The cops showed up at her door, and Daniel hid in the closet, terrified. Granny knew how to handle the situation. The officers said, "Ma'am, we've had some reports of illegal fire crackers being set off at your house. Could we please have a look around?"
My Granny said, "What? You boys want some crackers? Don't bother me! I'm not feeding you!" And she slammed the door. And my cousin did not end up in the slammer. Slam dunk, Granny!
I think that tale gets taller each time my sister and I re-tell it. But hey, it's our heritage. Some people came from pioneer stock, but we came from a real "mountain woman". (Her words.) She sleeps with an ice pick under her pillow. Although she acknowledges that by the time a burglar (or one of the "dope dealers" she says hang out in the abandoned house across the street) gets close enough to her bed for her to stab him with it, it'll be too late, she says, "But at least he'll get a real good surprise from this little old lady first!"
Read information about the authorRichard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.
Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.
Richard was crazy about cars when he was young and took pride in the fact that he could instantly identify the make and model of each on-coming car. He went to college in Exeter, England and then served a stint in the army. He then became a junior high school teacher. He taught in Illinois and in New York City. Then his real steps into the writing profession began. While still teaching, he wrote a column on the architecture of historic neighborhoods for the New York Times and contributed articles to the Saturday Review of Literature and the Chicago Tribune as well as other magazines and newspapers. In 1971 he left teaching to become a full time writer. His first novel was Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (Henry Holt, 1999 ISBN 0805063161. Order Info.).
For many years Richard Peck signed on as a temporary lecturer for around the world cruises. These trips enabled him to travel, to teach and to meet people who sometimes appear in his books. He advises young people who want to become writers to get to know people who don't conform to the group. This is a common theme in many of his novels.
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