Take time to celebrate Teen Read WeekRichard Peck's A Year Down Yonder continues the story of Mary Alice. She begins her 15th year living with Grandma, feeling like the only outsider in a hick town a long way from Chicago. She dreads life among those who won't accept her and views Grandma with suspicion. By year's end, she dreads leaving the town and all its quirky inhabitants, feeling she "was one of them now."Jamie Whitfield has all the time in the world to read and write, now that she has retired from teaching teenagers.