The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts

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The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts

Format:  Hardcover,

190 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2004

ISBN-13: 9780803727366

ISBN-10: 0803727364

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"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," begins Richard Peck's latest novel, a book full of his signature wit and sass. Russell Culver is fifteen in 1904, and he's raring to leave his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. To him, school has been nothing but a chain holding him back from his dreams. Maybe now that his teacher has passed on, they'll shut the school down entirely and leave him free to roam.
No such luck. Russell has a particularly eventful season of schooling ahead of him, led by a teacher he never could have predicted--perhaps the only teacher equipped to control the likes of him: his sister Tansy. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, and more than any classroom's share of snakes, Tansy will manage to keep that school alive and maybe, just maybe, set her brother on a new, wiser course.
As he did in A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck creates a whole world of folksy, one-of-a-kind characters here--the enviable and the laughable, the adorably meek and the deliciously terrifying. There will be no forgetting Russell, Tansy, and all the rest who populate this hilarious, shrewd, and thoroughly enchanting novel.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2004
ISBN-13: 9780803727366
ISBN-10: 0803727364
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 190
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 0803727364

About the author

Biography of Peck, Richard

Richard Peck was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 5, 1934. He received a bachelor's degree in English from DePauw University in 1956. After college, he was drafted into the army and served as a soldier in Germany, ghost-writing sermons for chaplains. After the war, he became an English teacher, lecturing to middle school students in Illinois and New York City. While still teaching, he wrote a column on the architecture of historic neighborhoods for the New York Times and contributed articles to the Saturday Review of Literature and the Chicago Tribune as well as other magazines and newspapers.

Peck quit teaching on May 2, 1971. He went home and started writing right away. He wrote his first novel, Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, and brought it to Holt, Rinehart and Winston (now Henry Holt). An editor called him on the following morning to say it had been accepted and they wanted a second novel. He has written more than 30 books for both adults and young adults.

A Year down Yonder won the Newbery Medal in 2001 and Are You in the House Alone? won an Edgar Award. In 1990, Richard Peck received the MAE Award, a prestigious award sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association in cooperation with School Library Journal. His books have also received or been finalists for the National Book Award, ALA Notable Books, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Chapter outline

Kissing Summer Good-Byep. 1
Augustp. 3
The Best Boys in the Worldp. 6
Me and Lloyd and Charlie Parrp. 13
Flowers for Miss Myrtp. 29
A Mess of Bad Puppiesp. 34
The First Such Mishap of the Twentieth Centuryp. 46
A Droning of Locusts, a Mourning of Dovesp. 58
The Jailhouse of Schoolp. 71
Called to the Trough of Knowledgep. 73
One Lucky Boyp. 87
Stony Lonesomep. 99
Trouble on the Wayp. 112
Another Old Gal in the Ditchp. 125
The Only Really Perfect Thing in the Worldp. 136
The Fall of the Yearp. 147
One Serious Suitorp. 149
Fatal Fridayp. 161
Two Miracles and a Mercyp. 171
Grown and Flownp. 185

Awards and Recognitions

  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin), 2007 (United States)
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, 2007 (United States)
  • Great Stone Face Children's Book Award, 2006 (United States)
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2007 - 2008 (United States)
  • American Library Association Notable Books for Children, 2005 (United States)
  • Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Christopher Book Awards, 2005 (United States)
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2006 (United States)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2007 (United States)
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2007 (United States)

Book description

"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it", begins Richard Peck's latest novel, a book full of his signature wit and sass. Russell Culver is fifteen in 1904, and he's raring to leave his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. To him, school has been nothing but a chain holding him back from his dreams. Maybe now that his teacher has passed on, they'll shut the school down entirely and leave him free to roam.

No such luck. Russell has a particularly eventful season of schooling ahead of him, led by a teacher he never could have predicted--perhaps the only teacher equipped to control the likes of him: his sister Tansy. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, and more than any classroom's share of snakes, Tansy will manage to keep that school alive and maybe, just maybe, set her brother on a new, wiser course.

As he did in A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck creates a whole world of folksy, one-of-a-kind characters here--the enviable and the laughable, the adorably meek and the deliciously terrifying. There will be no forgetting Russell, Tansy, and all the rest who populate this hilarious, shrewd, and thoroughly enchanting novel.

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