A Long Way From Chicago 1999 Honor Book ****

A Long Way From Chicago is about Joey and Mary Alice and their adventurs spending one week with Grandma for seven summers. Grandma is full of ideas and stories and lies, from shooting a coffin with a shotgun to convincing the bank her friend's house is where Lincoln debated Douglas, this book is full of surprises and laughter. You'll even learn how to reform ruffians with a dead mouse in a bottle of milk.

I read this book in one day. It was great fun. I thoroughly enjoyed Grandma and her antics. Each chapter was a different summer with Grandma, and like the children I was sad when they stepped on the train and realized this was to be their last summer with Grandma. This would make a fun read aloud book for children either in the classroom or at night.

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