This book won the 1999 Newbery Honor.
Richard Peck has written more than 20 novels for young people. His numerous awards include the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year and Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. A Long Way From Chicago was shortlisted for the US National Book Awards, and was awarded the coveted Newbery Honor Medal (US equivalent of the Carnegie Medal) for 1999. Its sequel, A Year Down Yonder, publishes in September 2000.
This is an unusual book, but if, like me, you have a sense of humour, you'll love reading it. * The Daily Telegraph, 9/9/00 *