By Richard Peck
What occurs whilst Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- urban slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer season visits to Grandma Dowdel's probably sleepy Illinois city? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he is not resting effortless. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize town, and Grandma fights again. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice aid Grandma trespass, poach, seize the sheriff in his undies, and feed the hungry -- multi functional day. and there is extra, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer season journeys to Grandma's -- each funnier than the 12 months ahead of -- in self-contained chapters that readers can take pleasure in as brief tales or take jointly for a rollicking stable novel. within the culture of yank humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, well known writer Richard Peck has created a memorable global jam-packed with characters who, like Grandma herself, are higher than lifestyles and two times as unique.
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