A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder

Written by:
Illustrated by: Steve Cieslawski

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780803725188
  • 144 Pages
  • Dial Books
  • 8-12 years


Winner of the Newbery Medal
“Peck charms readers once again with this entertaining sequel to A Long Way from Chicago”—School Library Journal (starred review)

It was within the pages of Richard Peck‘s Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago that Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel first made their captivating debut. Now they’re back for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud tales when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Expect moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.

Wise, exuberant, and slyly heartwarming, this is a satisfying companion to Grandma Dowdel’s adventures in A Long Way from Chicago and A Season of Gifts

Newbery Medal Winner
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ALA Notable Book
Booklist Best Books of the Year
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Times Best Seller
“Audience members will breathe a sigh of regret when the eventful year “down yonder” draws to a close.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wit, gentleness, and outrageous farce.”—Booklist (starred review)


A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder

Written by: Richard Peck, Illustrated by: Steve Cieslawski


Newbery Medal Winner – winner


“In this hilarious and poignant sequel to A Long Way to Chicago, Peck once again shows that country life is anything but boring.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Again, Peck has created a delightful, insightful tale that resounds with a storyteller’s wit, humor, and vivid description.” —School Library Journal

“With the same combination of wit, gentleness, and outrageous farce as Peck’s Newbery Honor book, Long Way from Chicago, this sequel tells the story of Joey’s younger sister, Mary Alice, 15, who spends the year of 1937 back with Grandma Dowdel in a small town in Illinois.” —Booklist