A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck
This is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago. I enjoyed this gentle story set in the 1930's about a big-city teenage girl sent to spend the school year with her larger-than-life grandmother in a very small town. Mary Alice makes friends, develops a relationship with her grandmother, and learns about life and herself along the way. Just the kind of story I like.
The book contains nothing offensive, but the subject matter is geared toward older children, teens, and adults. There is plenty of humor, but also lump-in-your-throat moments. My favorite line in the book; "She knew me through and through. She had eyes in the back of her heart."
Age recommendation: 13 and up