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A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

Richard Peck
Read by Ron McLarty

"Are all my memories true? Every word. And growing truer with the years." Joey Dowdel reminisces about the weeks from summers past that he and his sister spent at their Grandma Dowdel's house. Chicago during the gangster years provides the backdrop and counterpoint for a series of adventures in which Grandma emerges "larger than life." Richard Peck's Newbery Honor book is full of assertive characters, exaggeration, understatement, and strong family attachments. Ron McLarty shares his delight in the emergence of Grandma as mastermind and keen judge of character through his skillful development of each summer's episode. Pace, intonation, and emotion are those of an engaged storyteller. Vivid supporting characters also make this performance is rich and full. Be prepared for tears of mirth and tears of compassion. A.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 01]

Children • 4.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1998

Retail pak • Listening Library • 2000

CS ISBN 0807261629 $25.00 • Three cassettes

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