“A Long Way From Chicago” by Richard Peck

Interest Level: 5-8                              

Lexile Framework: 750L

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6

Guided Reading Level: V

Age: 10- 13

Genre: Comedy, Humor, Historical Fiction

Subject: Manners, Conduct, Communities and Ways of Life, Family

Summary: “A Long Way From Chicago” by Richard Peck is the master story telling like no other. This rare gem of children’s literature is enjoyed by all children and adults. Weather it’s used as a read aloud in the classroom or a story time at home, “A Long Way From Chicago” will have everyone laughing all the way through. The plot takes place during 1929-1942 and it is broken into eight stories about a boy and his sister’s yearly visits to their grandmothers’ small town. Richard Peck breaks the myth of small peaceful town and the old calm grandma with dead people, shotgun shooting grandma, illegal fishing, and so much more.

Discussion Guide: 

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/long-way-chicago-discussion-guide

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