Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Bob and his family move in next door to Grandma Dowdel a character from Richard Peck's 2 other books A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way From Chicago.

Bob is initiated by the town bullies. His sister Phyllis is sneaking out of the house. And his youngest sister Ruth Ann has become friends with the cranky Mrs. Dowdel.

Mrs. Dowdel is very eccentric as the family soon finds out. But what they also find out is how big her heart actually is.

I absolutely loved this story! It is heart-warming and hysterical! I loved all of Mrs. Dowdel's antics and how even though the town thinks she is odd and she isn't a "church woman" she has a bigger grasp on charity than most people do. I would suggest going and reading the other 2 books that she is in to get a grasp of who she is, but this could be a stand-alone book too.

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