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Monday, August 24, 2009

Book Reivew: A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

The return of one of children's literature's most memorable characters is a gift indeed. The eccentric, forceful, big-hearted Grandma Dowdel is the star of the Newbery Medal–winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor–winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn’t over—not even close. It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel: a Methodist minister and his wife and kids. Soon Mrs. Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm—or medicine, depending on who you’re asking—on all of them: ten-year old Bob, who is shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his two fascinating sisters; and even Bob’s two parents, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital. As Christmas rolls around, the Barnhart family realizes that they’ve found a true home—and a neighbor who gives gifts that will last a lifetime.
(Publisher's Website)

Another Peck classic. Grandma Dowdel is one of my favorite literary characters of all time and I'm so glad Peck wrote her into another great story. A Season of Gifts is told from the point of view of 11 year old Bob. His family has moved next door to Grandma Dowdel in her small Illinois town in the year 1958. Grandma Dowdel might be old, but as Bob and his two sisters Phyllis and Ruth Ann learn, she is still a force to be reckoned with.

I was supper excited when I found out about this book. I absolutely loved A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. A Season of Gifts is a perfect complement to these first two.
Bob and his family have a Christmas they will never forget and they owe it all to Grandma Dowdel.

I highly recommend this book to any fans of Peck's as well as youth fiction fans.
5 stars

Youth Fiction
Ages 10+
Dial Books for Young Readers (www.penguin.com/youngreaders)
Release Date: September 2009
Part of a series that includes A Long Way from Chicago (1998) and A Year Down Yonder (2000)
176 pages

Other Books by Richard Peck I would recommend
  • The Ghost Belonged to Me
  • Ghosts I have Been
  • Through a Brief Darkness


  1. Well i didn't exactly like the other two they weren't awful or even mildly bad. I'm gonna have to read this one two.

  2. Good review. I'll check it out, it looks interesting.


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