Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel from Peck's Newbery Honor, A Long Way From Chicago, return. This time Mary-Alice is sent to live with Grandma Dowdel while her father looks for work. Her brother Joey, whose point of view A Long Way From Chicago was told, is gone and Mary Alice is alone with Grandma. Told in several short stories about Mary Alice's year with her grandmother, we get to experience life in a small rural town and her "hard hearted" grandmother. But Mary Alice learns that her grandmother is more than she appears when her grandmother finds a way to do good works under the cover of only doing her part. A Year Down Yonder is a wonderful old-fashioned book and I loved it. I would recommended it to anyone.