Study Guide

A Long Way from Chicago Narrator Point of View

By Richard Peck

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Narrator Point of View

First Person (Central Narrator)

The entirety of A Long Way from Chicago is told from Joey Dowdel's point of view. Through Joey's eyes, we get to see each subsequent visit to Grandma Dowdel's house and the hijinks that she leads her grandkids into.

But it's not just about a telling of events—because the kids are visiting her one year after another, we also get to see how Joey's view of his grandmother changes over time.

By being in his head, the reader can get a sense of how he grows up…and how his grandmother helps him to become a man.

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