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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,007 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Peck Narrator: Estelle Parsons Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN: 9780807209530
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Thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett has never strayed further from her family's farm than a horse can pull a cart. Then a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives, and everything changes. It's 1893, the year of the World's Columbian Exposition-the "wonder of the age"-a.k.a. the Chicago World's Fair. Aunt Euterpe is inviting the Becketts to come for a visit and go to the fair! Award-winning author Richard Peck's fresh, realistic, and fun-filled writing truly brings the World's Fair-and Rosie and her family-to life. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Johnson | 2/13/2014

    " Richard Peck - my favorite children's author (and one of my mom's favorites) does it again. He writes one simple yet amazing book after another. Funny and touching...the whole package. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/11/2014

    " this book was alright. nothing special happened to catch my attention, but at the same time, i didnt hate it. the main character leaves her family for a summer and goes to visit her aunt. while she is there, she goes to this fair, and she has a great time meeting people. it seems like if this was a real life story, the person would have had a good time, but as a reader, it was just a little slow..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/10/2014

    " Book on tape - learned a lot about the Chicago World's Fair. Great period piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/6/2014

    " I selected this book as a read aloud for my 3rd graders because we study Chicago for the whole year in social studies and we had talked about the Colombian World's Exhibition. I loved the book for giving us some historical fiction to discuss these events over. The biggest problem was that even with me reading the book aloud and stopping to talk about the vocabulary a lot of it was over the 8 & 9 year olds heads that I was reading it to. Thus, they missed a lot of the humor or were confused at times. So now I just need to find social studies material for them. The storyline was a bit dry at times, but then the book wrapped up abruptly and quickly at the end, so that could have been improved. At the end of the day a decent book, not amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/25/2014

    " Another great book for kids by Richard Peck, this one centering around the great World's Fair in Chicago, with its White City, featuring Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill, and a family of country kids sent to see it all with their aunt and grandfather. Wonderful writing and interesting period details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 1/24/2014

    " A farm family visits the 1893 Chicago Fair. Interesting about that time period. Country family in the city provides for fun as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SophieElana | 1/21/2014

    " DEFINLEY MY FAVORITE PECK OUTSTANDING! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2014

    " Richard Peck is always amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice | 1/13/2014

    " Such a great little piece of juvenile fiction describing the Chicago World's fair at the turn of the century. It flowed perfectly and the characters were interesting. Fun to learn more details about the event. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Averysimone | 1/7/2014

    " Good! This book was a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/14/2013

    " A family goes to the Chicago World's Fair. I liked the plot development, and of course Peck is great at character portrayal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nieva21 | 12/9/2013

    " This book reminded me of the film Meet me in St. Louis, although the description of midway seem a bit more urban to me. Though this book I felt was too short and I was really sad for it to end, I loved it from cover to cover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Preslar | 12/2/2013

    " This story is more historical than a story. Good information on the times and activities of the Chicago World's Fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 11/30/2013

    " This book was really cute, I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cheri | 7/2/2013

    " Great book for tween or teenagers. Cute storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Pennell | 6/24/2013

    " My favorite fall reading for my fourth graders. Great historical fiction about the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Wonderful quirky characters! The best ending! Hysterical. My favorite children's author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Szabo | 4/27/2013

    " Everything this man writes is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N_Heather | 1/20/2013

    " Listened to this on CD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 12/24/2012

    " A strange and interesting cast of characters, fun story, and some interesting history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezekiel Carsella | 12/22/2012

    " A great historical novel filled with humour, excitement, and an elaborate twisting plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/4/2012

    " Nice historical read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/2/2012

    " I really enjoyed the characters and descriptions in this simple story. Peck chose a less often talked about period of history that had a ton of lasting effects on American culture. This was a fun story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 2/27/2012

    " Family from the country visit the Chicago World's Fair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 1/3/2012

    " Loved this one too. His books always make me want to dive in and be neighbors with the characters. They're so interesting and colorful and kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 12/22/2011

    " Fun to read with kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nita | 10/14/2011

    " This was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of Richard Peck's other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosaleen Leclair | 8/12/2011

    " I love this book! I've read almost all of Richard Pecks books and this is probably my favorite! Richard Peck makes his books so funny and this is probably his funniest one. He makes the characters come to life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cascade | 7/15/2011

    " Another good one from Richard Peck. They're short books, so not enough time to get as involved in the characters as I like to. But I love the idea of the World's Fairs and that era. This was an easy and uplifting read. I think it would be great for elementary to middle schoolers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna Smith | 4/5/2011

    " Rosie, her sister, brother, and grandfather leave their family farm to head for Chicago to see the World's Fair. They stay with their Aunt Euterpe and experience the thrill of a lifetime at the 1893 World's Fair. A wonderful piece of historical fiction for young readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Msporter64 | 3/28/2011

    " I read this to middle schoolers. It was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 3/24/2011

    " This book was really cute, I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 3/18/2011

    " mother/daughter book club

    it was cute. I'm always fascinated about the world fairs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/3/2011

    " Very detailed in some areas for a hisrotical fiction, but at least you know Peck did his homework. Good story line with illuminating deatils of the Exposition, not the most exciting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaylynn | 1/25/2011

    " I loved this book. Verey funny. The story builds and builds you find yourself in awe of how it all turns out. So far I have enjoyed reading Richard Peck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 1/10/2011

    " Loved this one too. His books always make me want to dive in and be neighbors with the characters. They're so interesting and colorful and kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nieva21 | 12/13/2010

    " This book reminded me of the film Meet me in St. Louis, although the description of midway seem a bit more urban to me. Though this book I felt was too short and I was really sad for it to end, I loved it from cover to cover

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 11/30/2010

    " Historically accurate and pretty interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bewitched | 11/13/2010

    " Another charming historical fiction title with a strong female protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/12/2010

    " Who thinks to name a character Euterpe and then proceed to have her father call her Terpie? It was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N_Heather | 10/31/2010

    " Listened to this on CD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/13/2010

    " This is another great book by Richard Peck. It takes you along with a country, farm family to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, being held in Chicago. It's interesting to see the fair through their eyes. This is a fun, feel good book with a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marri | 7/28/2010

    " My children and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Richard Peck's books when we travel. Fair Weather wasn't as laugh out loud funny as some of his other books, but the story was enjoyable and kept everyone's attention. "

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About the Author
Author Richard PeckRICHARD PECK was recently hailed as "America's best living author for young adults" by the Washington Post. with 27 previous YA novels to his credit, he has won almost every children's book award. In 2002, he became the first children's author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal.