|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2004|
|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|
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.
|Kissing Summer Good-Bye||p. 1|
|The Best Boys in the World||p. 6|
|Me and Lloyd and Charlie Parr||p. 13|
|Flowers for Miss Myrt||p. 29|
|A Mess of Bad Puppies||p. 34|
|The First Such Mishap of the Twentieth Century||p. 46|
|A Droning of Locusts, a Mourning of Doves||p. 58|
|The Jailhouse of School||p. 71|
|Called to the Trough of Knowledge||p. 73|
|One Lucky Boy||p. 87|
|Stony Lonesome||p. 99|
|Trouble on the Way||p. 112|
|Another Old Gal in the Ditch||p. 125|
|The Only Really Perfect Thing in the World||p. 136|
|The Fall of the Year||p. 147|
|One Serious Suitor||p. 149|
|Fatal Friday||p. 161|
|Two Miracles and a Mercy||p. 171|
|Grown and Flown||p. 185|
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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