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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
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.