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Comment: Nice trade size paperback as pictured.Minimal cover and edge wear. Cover slick. Small price sticker on cover. Pub. Oct. 2001 by Dial Books a division of Penguin Books. 160 pgs. Includes black & white photos.No markings or writing. Author: Richard Peck. Ships quickly from Arizona. 111412
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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA (2001)
  • ASIN: B004OT4W9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Richard Peck has written over twenty novels, and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for young adults. A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle graders as well as young adults for his mysteries and coming-of-age novels. He now lives in New York City. In addition to writing, he spends a great deal of time traveling around the country attending speaking engagements at conferences, schools and libraries...Mr. Peck has won a number of major awards for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award from School Library Journal, the National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award, and the 1991 Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi. Virtually every publication and association in the field of children s literature has recommended his books, including Mystery Writers of America which twice gave him their Edgar Allan Poe Award. Dial Books for Young Readers is honored to welcome Richard Peck to its list with Lost in Cyberspace and its sequel The Great Interactive Dream Machine...

Customer Reviews

I am now anxious to read other books by Richard Peck!
Dorthy Contini
Peck seems to have all of his facts straight about the 1893 World's Exposition in Chicago and these facts make the story more believable and a delight to read.
impossible girl
While the book was an easy read, the stories were engaging and the characters were both believable and personable, each with flaws and strengths.
Brian Umbaugh

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BookBuzz on October 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Peck is the award-winning writer of more than twenty-five novels for young readers. "Fair Weather" deserves to be on Oprah's adult list as it would have great appeal to her core audience and Peck's writing is delicious. By no means do I want to suggest that this is solely a female's book. It's a terrific story to read aloud with the whole family.
It is 1893. Thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett lives on a small farm in southern Illinois with her parents, grandpa, older sister, and younger brother. It's a rugged life of early morning chores and long days of work. It's a life without electricity or anything frivolous or luxurious. The children only wear shoes for special occasions. The Becketts have no complaints-it is the life they know. But everything changes when their aunt sends them train tickets and invites them to Chicago for a week to visit the World's Columbian Exposition. The trip is a whirlwind adventure of fact and fiction you won't want to miss.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Fair Weather by award winning author Richard Peck is a book that fiction readers and historians alike can enjoy. The reader can travel along with Rosie Beckett and her family to the World's Columbian Exposition through words and the quaint photos from the Chicago Historical Society.
I enjoyed this book for two reasons. First, Rosie was able to make me laugh with a humorous insight into her family life during their uxexpected travels. It was a constant treat to hear the musings of Granddad and I found Aunt Euterpe to be a character worth remembering due to her reserved hysteria. The other reason I enjoyed this book is the only reason I think some young readers might lost interest in this book. I found the history of the World's Columbian Exposition to be interesting and the photos fascinating, but it is possible that some young readers may yearn for more Beckett humor than historical information. The inclusion of Buffalo Bill and other characters was charming and added to the authentic feel of the book. I would have enjoyed even more photos!
Fair Weather is a definite read to be enjoyed and reflected upon both for a humor and history teaching value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Black on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the same style and spirit of "A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO" AND "A YEAR DOWN UNDER", Peck's "FAIR WEATHER" begins slowly but bursts into bloom when the family finally arrives in Chicago.
The protagonist of Gramma in the first 2 books is transformed into a Grandpa; a Civil War veteran and former sidekick of William "Bill" Cody. His character is less dynamic but equally eccentric and appealing.
The story unfolds around a rural family's travel and visitation of the Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893; for me, an obscure event that Peck deftly manages to bring back to life and not only glamorize but impress as to its significance. There the reader meets Bill Cody, notorious songstress Lillian Russel, the influence of Westinhouse, prominent, wealthy Chicagoans of the period, and an amazing, gargantuan ferris wheel whose cars held over 30 people. Historical photographs and a fine afterward compliment the time, setting, and artifacts. ...bedazzling!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on February 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When Buster and Rosie go with Grandad to visit Aunt Eurtepe in Chicago they know they are going to see a whole new world. After all, the World's fair is there, and Aunt Eurtepe is determined to expose her sister's childern to some culture. After all, she is the widow of a wealthy man, and on the fringes of society. The trip to Chicago is excitement enough, and the new world Buster and Rosie see is more than they could ever imagine. Aunt Eurtepe is not what they expected, she seems to be virtually a prisioner to her mourning and social aspirations, not to mention her ill tempered and incompetent house staff. Buster and Rosie set about to help out and in the process turn things upside down. And the fair, the Fair! There are acres and acres of food and exhibits and games of chance and things not to be inagined. Grandpa even lets them catch a glimpse of the notorious Little Egypt and her dance of the seven veils. For all their good intentions, things just seem to get mixed up, and it looks as if Buster and Rosie will have to return to the farm a disgrace. But Grandpa and his dog ,and a chance encounter with Buffalo Bill Cody may change things forever. A wonderful story that captures the flavor of the time and combines real facts with a wonderful family storyline. A book to read over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookmom on August 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a positive, old-fashioned - in a good way - read for children with some opportunites for insightful Q & A. I have a personal low tolerance for poorly written (e.g. grammatically) stories for children of which there seem to be many these days, and this is a true exception - a very well written story with some relevant historical context. It was on the "summer read" list provided through our school district, so our educators also feel that it is worthwhile.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vickie on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Richard Peck's "Fair Weather" is a fun read. Deftly written, it is the charming story of thirteen-year old Rosie, her
older sister and younger brother and obnoxious granddad's adventure from the farm in Christian County to the amazing World's Columbian Exposition - "the wonder of the age" - in Chicago. They stay in the mansion home of their stuffy, delicate Aunt Euterpe. They embarrass Aunty no end, in running off her staff, in front of society ladies from whom she desperately covets approval, and at the fair. But, they all seem a little less worse for the wear when it's over and the reader is left smiling.
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