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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,679 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Peck Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most adored children’s book characters of all time is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery Medal–winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor–winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn’t over—not even close.

It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel—a family in desperate need of her help (whether they realize it or not). There’s twelve-year-old Bob, shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his Elvis-obsessed older sister, Phyllis, who just might be on the verge of spinning out of control; Bob’s little sister, Ruth Ann, ready and waiting for a larger-than-life role model; and even Bob’s two parents, the young minister and his wife, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital. As Christmas rolls around, the whole family will realize that they’ve found a true home, and a neighbor with remarkable gifts to share.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn Estepp | 2/19/2014

    " fine, but no great shakes. certainly the weakest of the grandma dowdel books. this one just lack a bit of something. heart? teeth? soul? i don't know. it was just pretty passive and in-one-ear-out-the-other and the characterization of everyone who wasn't dowdel was lacking. and yet, it wasn't bad per se and maybe i'm insensitive but the controversial bits were lots of sound and fury, signifying nothing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie | 2/9/2014

    " Grandma Dowdel is one of the most loveable characters of all time. Read A long way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder first though to fall in love with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janalynn | 1/7/2014

    " Grandma Dowdel is my hero. I love her suttle ways of serveing others. An easy to ready wholesome,humorous and feel good book, that goes right along with the other Richard Peck books. I've enjoyed them all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tamsen | 1/3/2014

    " Touching Funny Story set in 1958. Great characters. Mrs Dowdel is a unique neighbor to say the least. She seems to be busy and keep to herself but she knows the goings on of everyone in town and she has a big heart. Very cute Christmas story. "

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