a gem down yonder
One thing that I appreciated about Peck's story were the little tidbits of information that kids would stumble upon about U.S. history: references to the Civilian Conservation Corp (C.C.C.), Roosevelt's Recession, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), to mention a few. Peck sneaks these things into the story in such a way that you don't realize that you are learning. :)
I also loved Peck's humor which comes through, not only in the ridiculous things that Mary Alice's grandma does, but also in Grandma's words of wisdom and other witticisms.
Would I recommend it: ABSOLUTELY. I LOVED it!
Ages: 10 and up