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Another gem from Peck! -- School Library Journal, starred review

Full of life and character. -- Boston Sunday Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Peck has won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, and was the first children's writer ever to have received a National Humanities Medal. The author lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739338986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739338988
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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...

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Black on October 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The vernacular, lifestyle, and setting of rural Hoosier-land a century ago along with Richard Peck's flourish with hyperbole makes Russell Culver's reminiscences as an adolescent simply irresistable. I'm a sucker for these American heartland tales of yesteryear. Peck's use of history and artifacts of the period are mesmirizing (e.g. Karo Syrup cans for lunchpails); his description of the countryside, vivid. The reader sees, smells, tastes, and hears everthing as Russell and his brother Lloyd walk down Hog Scald Road. The book stuck like flypaper in my hands--I could scarcely put it down in 2 days of reading.

The humor is uproarious--you'll find yourself spontaneously erupting into loud guffaws! The storytelling is so well-crafted--so seamless; the writing, graceful and balanced. It will be savored by avid children's literature readers. Interpersed in the hilarity with poignancy is the low-key, loving guidance of Russell's father as well as his sister Tansy's high expectation and insistance that he achieve versus allow his foibles to become an excuse in the future for failure by his little brother. You will experience tears from laughter; tears from being moved by goodness and love.

And the ending--it's as fine a one as is in N. Babbit's Tuck Everlasting. ...the highest praise by me--it's just superb!

Whatever will the Newberry Committee do next year? Do they dare recognize Mr. Peck yet a 3rd time for his empassioned flair for writing these wise yarns about our country's rural life in 1st half of the 20th century? If not, then Mr. Peck earns my vote to join the late Scott O'Dell as a recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson Author Medal. He is past due.

Mr. Peck has dedicated The Teacher's Funeral to the memory of his parents.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Here is a story told to me secondhand. Once at an official gathering of hoity-toity children's authors and the cream of the librarian crop, Mr. Richard Peck was seated at the table of a young enthusiastic librarian of young adults. Mr. Peck (whose curse in life is to be mistaken for fellow children's writer Robert Newton Peck everywhere he goes) was under the distinct impression that his books were read by reluctant readers everywhere. The librarian (who knew exactly who Mr. Richard Peck was) took great pains to explain to the author that, in fact, reluctant readers tend to avoid titles like, "The River Between Us" and "Fair Weather". Peck was astounded by that news. After all, he was the author of the wonderful "A Long Was From Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder". Funny novels that take place in America's heartland and leave the audience wanting more. But do kids really read these books? Well, we're about to find out. With "The Teacher's Funeral", Peck has returned to what he does best. Tell amusing stories from a kid's perspective in what some might call a "simpler time". Even if you can't stand the author's dour forays into historical fiction, you'll have to admit that titles like this one really show off Peck's funny side.

As first sentences go, it's hard to beat this one: "If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it". And we're off! When Russell and Lloyd find out in August of 1904 that mean old Miss Myrt Arbuckle is pushing up the daisies and not about to start another year in their ramshackle old schoolhouse, they are nearly beside themselves with joy. Surely the school board will be unable to find a proper substitute in time, right?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bibliotekaria on October 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Richard Peck treats us with another down-home tale from the midwest. This one takes place exactly one century ago, in 1904 Indiana, "when automobiles began to burn up the rural byways. The year airships like boxkites began to darken the skies, though they hadn't found our patch of sky yet."

Russell Culver's sentiments run from ecstasy to despair when he learns that dreadful Miss Myrt, the schoolteacher, has succumbed to a sudden heart attack just before the beginning of the school year. No sooner is Miss Myrt laid to rest in the Balm of Gilead Cemetary than it becomes clear that her successor is going to be Russell's seventeen-year-old sister, Tansy, and all hope for closing the "Jailhouse of School" is dashed.

Miss Tansy proves to be a formidible and adept new schoolmarm, and Russell's dreams of escaping to the wheatfields of the Dakotas are the only thing that keep him sane. She is determined to prove herself worthy of a preliminary teaching credential and tolerates none of the hijinks that her brother and his pals might attempt to put in her way.

There is no shortage of suitors for the pert young teacher in these rural parts. Most promising is Eugene Hammond, a city slicker from Terra Haute who makes his entrance into town crashing his eight-cylinder "Bullet No. 2" racing car with the Culver family's buggy, sending the spinster Aunt Maud into a ditch. Mr. Hammond subsequently showers lavish gifts for the classroom upon Miss Tansy, all of which are inscribed, "Compliments of The Overland Automobile Company; Terra Haute--Indianapolis."

In the backdrop of this hilarious saga is the understated wisdom of O.C.
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