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March 07, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Newbery Honor book is up for discussion

The North Carroll Branch Library's monthly discussion group for kids 9 to 12 meets Monday to discuss Richard Peck's 1999 Newbery Honor book A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories.

The book starts off with a disturbing - yet cunningly captivating - revelation: "You wouldn't think we'd have to leave Chicago to see a dead body ... " says Joe, the narrator. "But I'd grown to the age of nine, and my sister Mary Alice was seven, and we'd yet to see a stiff."

The year is 1929, and Chicago is not always a nice place to be: Gangster Al Capone is at the height of his criminal career and locked in constant - and violent - battle with the likes of rival gang members, including George "Bugs" Moran.

Despite all the mayhem in their hometown, Joe and Mary Alice manage to stay out of harm's way -until they leave the Windy City for their grandmother's eccentric small town.

The "dead body" story is one of seven adventures in the book - each detailing a summer the siblings spend with their grandmother.

Registration for the discussion is required, as is reading the book ahead of time. 6:45 p.m., 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, 410-386-4480.

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