A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A funny chapter book filled with outrageous escapades. Joey and his sister Mary Alice live in Chicago, but spend their summers with their Grandma Dowdel in the country. The book spans several summers beginning in 1929 and tells of the adventures the children have each summer with their quirky grandmother and her crazy schemes. The book was a lot of fun and it also shows children what it was like for families in the United States during the Depression. The grandmother was a great character, no nonsense up front, but soft-hearted underneath. The book won the Newbery Honor. I also recommend the sequel, A Year Down Yonder, which won the Newbery Medal.