By Richard Peck
What occurs while Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- urban slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer season visits to Grandma Dowdel's likely sleepy Illinois city? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he is not resting effortless. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the city, and Grandma fights again. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice support Grandma trespass, poach, trap the sheriff in his undies, and feed the hungry -- multi functional day. and there is extra, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer time journeys to Grandma's -- every one funnier than the yr prior to -- in self-contained chapters that readers can take pleasure in as brief tales or take jointly for a rollicking reliable novel. within the culture of yank humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, renowned writer Richard Peck has created a memorable global jam-packed with characters who, like Grandma herself, are better than existence and two times as exciting.
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