Article Title

A Year Down Yonder


Sydnee Burr


Outstanding, Intermediate, Richard Peck, Historical Fiction, Great Depression, South, Family

Document Type

Book Review


The Great Depression has ended, but the ripples of its effects are far from over. Unable to feed their whole family, Mary Alice's parents are forced to split their family apart and farm their children out to relatives. Arriving at the train depot, Mary Alice is greeted by her disgruntled and rough Grandma who will be her caretaker for a foreseeable future. Adjusting to an old house, a country life, a tiny school house, and small town ways is no easy feat. Eventually Mary Alice is charmed by her new life, makes friends, and discovers the sweet side of her Grandma. The greatest lesson Mary Alice learns from her Grandmother is the importance and duty of caring for the overlooked and forgotten.