Study Guide

A Year Down Yonder Characters

Mary Alice Dowdel

She's a rich girl. Not really. In fact, not at all. But that's the way fifteen-year-old Mary...

Grandma Dowdel

Grandma Dowdel is a force to be reckoned with—in fact, she's something of a legend in her...

Royce McNabb

When Royce McNabb—the tall, handsome stranger—shows up in Mary Alice's class, all the...

Joey Dowdel

Joey Dowdel doesn't show up often in the story, but his absence is a big deal—especially...

Arnold Green

It's no surprise that when Grandma Dowdel picks up a boarder at her house, it turns out to be...

Miss Butler

Mary Alice's teacher, Miss Butler, is as prim as can be and super professional. That's why Mary...

The Parents

Joey and Mary Alice's parents don't factor much in A Year Down Yonder because they're largely...

The Mean Girls

Led by Carleen Lovejoy, the richest and most popular girl in school, almost all of the high...

Ina-Rae Gage

There's just one girl at school who hangs out with Mary Alice, and that's Ina-Rae Gage, an...