A Long Way from Chicago

Richard Peck

Main Characters

  • Joey Alice Dowdel
  • Marry Alice Dowdel seven year old girl that goes to Wisconsin Illinoios
  • Grandma Dowdel
  • Effie Wilcox


Wisconsin Illinois in the summer 1929-1935



The stories involve several vacations with their favorite Grandmother. Two children, Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel, spend time every summer with their resilient grandmother in rural Illinois


There is no real "problem" in this story other than Grandma's compulsive lying, and even this is portrayed in a humorous way.