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The Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.


Grades 4-6

A Long Way from Chicago

By Richard Peck

2000. Penguin Putnam Books


Available in braille or electronic formats from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users
http://www.loc.gov/nls
1-800-424-8567

2. Seedlings
$18.50
http://www.seedlings.org
1-800-777-8552



Each summer Joey and his little sister Mary Alice take a train from their home in Chicago to visit their eccentric grandmother in a small town in southern Illinois. Each chapter depicts a hilarious and unforgettable visit with the irrepressible Grandma Dowdel, The book takes place during the Great Depression, but Grandma can take care of herself—and those she loves. This book was both a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor Book.

Helen Keller grew up on a farm in a small town herself—although not in southern Illinois. Helen Keller did visit Chicago several times, and was there for the memorable Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and wrote a letter to a friend about all the exciting things she saw there.

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