A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck
Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors — and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: When trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out...better not. After enduring many outrageous schemes, Mary Alice eventually learns to appreciate her grandmother's wisdom and her ways.