A Long Way from Chicago, and its sequel A Year Down Yonder? They're both among my favorite upper middle grade reads, and Richard Peck (not to be confused with author Richard E. Peck) is a genuine, friendly author who appreciates his fans. I met him at The King's English Bookshop a year or two ago, and was so grateful for the time he took with each person standing in line. He is quite prolific, and a list of his many works can be found here. You'll have to let me know what you think. I've suggested his books to my MIL and she didn't like them at all! Oh well. To each his own, right?
It is December already, so come back tomorrow to enter my Christmas giveaway!