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Fair weather : a novel / by Richard Peck.


"It was the last day of our old lives, and we didn't even know it. On that day, Rosie Beckett's family receives a letter - possibly the first letter they've ever received from their aunt Euterpe in distant Chicago. It is 1893, the year of the World's Columbian Exposition - the "wonder of the age." Tucked inside the pages of the letter are train tickets. Aunt Euterpe is inviting Rosie's family to the fair!" "But is she ready for the tumult of her country relatives? Well, ready or not, they soon arrive: thirteen-year-old Rosie and her lovelorn older sister, Lottie, feeling a bit stiff in their new skirts; seven-year-old Buster, whose pockets always conceal some jumping creature or other; and an unlikely chaperone who'll be the first of many breathtaking surprises for everybody. As for Rosie, she will forever recall the marvels of that summer, and how she found her future at the fair."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In his celebrated novels A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck carried us happily back to the Midwest of the 1930's. Now he's ready to transport us all the way to 1893, to the Chicago World's Fair and its breathtaking mix of personalities and glimpses of the future. Here is a tour de force that combines the real people of the time with an enormously engaging new fictional family, spinning them all into a whirlwind of humor, misadventure, and charms beyond measure.

On the brink of adulthood (not to mention a whole new century), Rosie makes her first trip to the big city, along with her wide-eyed siblings and their rascally old granddad. There, amidst the wonders of the fair, Rosie discovers the world and herself, while also coming face-to-face with some of the era's most famous people-including showgirl Lillian Russell and Colonel William F. Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill).

Richard Peck, the author of thirty novels, has received numerous awards, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his distinguished body of work.

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