By Richard Peck
What occurs while Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- urban slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer time visits to Grandma Dowdel's doubtless sleepy Illinois city? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he's not resting effortless. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize town, and Grandma fights again. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice support Grandma trespass, poach, capture the sheriff in his undies, and feed the hungry -- multi function day. and there is extra, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer time journeys to Grandma's -- every one funnier than the yr earlier than -- in self-contained chapters that readers can get pleasure from as brief tales or take jointly for a rollicking strong novel. within the culture of yankee humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, renowned writer Richard Peck has created a memorable global packed with characters who, like Grandma herself, are higher than lifestyles and two times as interesting.
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Like his clothing, it set him apart from the rest of us. I can still see him standing there now, with his soft, sandy hair and big hazel-colored eyes, and hear him express his dismay at us. He was always looking for ways to make us laugh, but in this case he wanted us to cover the ground we stood on, as he would do in Chicago. I believe if he had lived, he would have been a great come- dian. He knew the routines of all the top ones on television— Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, and George Gobel.
We had a lot of company in 1955: July was when my sister Loretha and her boyfriend came down to visit, and my brother Willie came home on leave from the army that year—he had just finished basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. indd 37 10/21/09 9:56:58 AM 38 Simeon’s Story It didn’t matter whether visiting relatives were old or young. I looked forward to the stories they would tell, the information about their lives. Everything about them was different—the clothes they wore, the way they talked.
In 1925 she returned to Sumner to marry Dad, whom she had met when he was the guest speaker at a church service she attended. My uncles were worried about Dad marrying such a light-skinned woman. Many of the white people who didn’t know them would look at them funny, perhaps wondering what this black man was doing with a white woman. Just about every state in the South had laws prohibiting marriages across the color line. And in New York, the same year Mom and Dad got married, the famous Rhinelander case was centered on a black woman accused of duping a white man by passing as white.