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A Season of Gifts Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Peck, Richard
ISBN: 0142417297     ISBN-13: 9780142417294
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $7.19  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2010
Annotation: Set in 1958, the arrival of a new family next door gives Mrs. Dowdel the perfect opportunity to roll out the welcome wagon and work her magic to make all the new members of the community feel right at home. Reprint.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Neighbors; Fiction.
Moving, Household; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010027252
Lexile Measure: 690
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.35 lbs) 166 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 132648
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q48147
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

RICHARD PECK (1934-2018) was born in Decatur, Illinois and lived in New York City for nearly 50 years. The acclaimed author of 35 novels for children and young adults, he won the Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder, a Newbery Honor for A Long Way from Chicago, the Scott O’Dell Award for The River Between Us, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Are You in the House Alone?, a Boston Globe-Horn BookAward Honor for The Best Man, and the Christopher Medal for The Teacher’s Funeral. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal, and was twice a National Book Award Finalist.  

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
In this companion to A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago, twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart's family moves next door to Grandma Dowdel (Mrs. Dowdel to them). Her tricks and pranks, coupled with thorough knowledge of the town's citizens, provide as much amusement as ever. Irascible, independent, and unorthodox, Grandma Dowdel has entered that rare pantheon of unforgettably great characters. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5)
As irascible, independent, and unorthodox as ever, Grandma Dowdel makes a welcome return in this third novel. Of course, she's Mrs. Dowdel to young Bob Barnhart (the twelve-year-old narrator) and his family, who move next door in August of 1958. Being not only the new kids in town but also preacher's kids isn't easy for Bob and his two sisters, but Mrs. Dowdel's interventions make the transition smoother. Her seemingly endless array of tricks and pranks, coupled with her thorough knowledge of the town's citizens (some supporting characters from previous novels reprise their roles, while the next generation capably fills in for others), provide as much amusement as ever, and if there's nothing Mrs. Dowdel can do now that would surprise us, it hardly matters. We cherish each mischievous antic because she's entered that rare pantheon of unforgettably great characters. Indeed, Bob and his family will only spend one year in the small Illinois town, but it's long enough for Mrs. Dowdel to make an indelible impression, and by December Bob has her figured out. "She was no church woman, and she didn't neighbor, and Christmas was just another day to her. But she didn't wait for Christmas to give out her gifts." Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 July #2)

The type of down-home humor and vibrant characterizations Peck fans have come to adore re-emerge in full as Peck resurrects Mrs. Dowdel, the irrepressible, self-sufficient grandmother featured in A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago. Set in 1958, his new novel is told from the point of view of 12-year-old Bob Barnhart, Mrs. Dowdel's new neighbor, who is distraught about having to move from Terre Haute to a "podunk" town, where his Methodist minister father has been called to shepherd a meager sprinkling of parishioners. Mrs. Dowdel is a source of entertainment, and some fear, for Bob and his sisters ("she could be amazingly light on her big pins. We'd already seen her take a broom and swat a Fuller Brush man off her porch"). But more important, she proves useful in outsmarting bullies and attracting new members to Mr. Barnhart's fold. Not all of Grandma Dowdel's gifts to the Barnharts (and in some cases the entire community) are as tangible as the windows she donates to the church, but her actions exude as much warmth and wisdom as they do hilarity. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 October)

Gr 5–8—It's been a long while since readers last enjoyed a season with Grandma Dowdel, and what a startling, hilarious, and touching season it is. It is now 1958, a time when Elvis is king and the glow of television sets has replaced sitting on the porch for an evening. Yet as much as things have changed, Mrs. Dowdel has remained pretty much the same, living alone in the last house in town, pushing 90 and still toting her rifle, cooking up a storm and taking down the neighborhood hoodlums. What's new are the PKs (preacher's kids) who've moved in next door, including the 12-year-old narrator, Bob Barnhardt, an unassertive boy who has the misfortune of being welcomed to town in a most unneighborly fashion. Mrs. Dowdel intervenes and helps out the Barnhardts in her own inimitable way, proving herself as clever, capable, and downright amazing as ever and allowing Bob and his family to see just what a gift of a neighbor she is. With a storyteller's sure tone, Peck has once again created a whole world in one small Illinois town, a place where the folksy wisdom and generosity of one gruff old woman can change lives.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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