People often ask each other, “What is your favorite book?” I love to read, and I dread this question. How could anyone choose just one? Some criteria I use to help me provide some sort of answer is to think about books I come back to again and again, or the ones that linger in my mind long after I read them, or if I can remember a quote or chapter title years later. Long Way from Chicago is one of those books. I am a big fan of most books by Richard Peck, but this one is the one I come back to. It’s great to listen to on CD or read aloud one chapter a night. Grandma Dowdel is one of my all-time favorite characters. She is an old lady with serious spunk and a Winchester rifle – you do not want to mess with her. The story is told from the point of view of her grandson, Joey, who is often amazed by his unpredictable grandmother when he and his sister stay with her during the summers. Each chapter covers experiences throughout several summers with memorable characters like Grandma Dowdel’s archenemy Effie Wilcox or the dimwitted Cowgill brothers. If you like humor with a nostalgic feel, this book will become a well-worn addition to your bookshelf.
reviewed by Jennifer