A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

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Grandma Dowdel is back.  It's the 1950's and the country is still working it's way out of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII.  Twelve-year-old Bob and his family move in next door to Mrs. Dowdel.  As they fight bullies and prejudice, they learn that people and things aren't what they seem to be, and the toughest person in town has the biggest heart.  An excellent companion book to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.