A Year Down Yonder (Hardcover) by Richard Peck. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000. ISBN: 0803725183. pp: 130.
Ages: 9-14, gr: 4-8
Paperback (Reprint edition December 30, 2002) Puffin. ISBN: 0142300705. pp: 144



Times are hard in Chicago in 1937, and 15-year-old Mary Alice has to spend the school year with her Grandmother in downstate Illinois. Each season brings new adventure, new insight about the people around her, and, oh yes, laughs. A Year Down Yonder is a sequel to A Long Way From Chicago in which brother Joey is the main character, so boys may prefer to begin with that book.


Prereading Activity:
Brainstorm (PREP) about the depression.
Read more information about the depression.
Read some stories about the 30s.
Find out what clothing styles were in the 30s for men, women, and children.
Read information about President Roosevelt.
Write a poem or song about the depression.


Rich Chicago Girl

Vittles and Vengence

A Minute in the Morning

Away in a Manger

Heart and Flour

A Dangerous Man

Gone with the Wind

Ever After

Post Reading Activity
Place yourself into this book as an additional character. Rewrite one of the chapters from your point of view, making appropriate changes to the addition you make.

About the Author


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A Year Down Yonder
Accelerated Reader: Quiz #44671 EN; Book Level 4.5; Points= 4.0
Reading Counts: Level 4.9; Points= 9.0
Lexile Level 610
word count= 29415