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The Teacher's Funeral Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Peck, Richard
ISBN: 0142405078     ISBN-13: 9780142405079
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $10.79  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2006
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Annotation: An award-winning author creates a whole world of one-of-a-kind characters in his newest novel. In 1904 Indiana, 15-year-old Russell Culver is raring to leave his small town. But he has a particularly eventful season of school ahead of him, led by a teacher he never expected--his sister, Tansy.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Education; Fiction.
Teachers; Fiction.
Country life; Indiana; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2006010855
Lexile Measure: 750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.40 lbs) 205 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 83176
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q36445
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 11.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s):

RICHARD PECK (1934-2018) was born in Decatur, Illinois and lived in New York City for nearly 50 years. The acclaimed author of 35 novels for children and young adults, he won the Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder, a Newbery Honor for A Long Way from Chicago, the Scott O’Dell Award for The River Between Us, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Are You in the House Alone?, a Boston Globe-Horn BookAward Honor for The Best Man, and the Christopher Medal for The Teacher’s Funeral. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal, and was twice a National Book Award Finalist.  



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
Within days of his teacher's (unlamented) passing, fifteen-year-old Russell finds himself an unwilling pupil of her replacement: his older sister Tansy. Set in 1904 rural Indiana, the novel recounts events at the one-room Hominy Ridge School in a highly comic style, but beneath the humor there are clear emotional currents that make the final chapter particularly moving. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #5)
At her funeral, Miss Myrt Arbuckle -- the "screaming" and "whupping" tyrant of Parke County's one-room schoolhouse -- is laid out in a chalk-covered dress with a gradebook in her breast pocket. Within days of her (unlamented) passing, fifteen-year-old Russell Culver finds himself an unwilling pupil of her replacement: his older sister Tansy. Set in 1904 rural Indiana, the novel follows events at Hominy Ridge School from the first day of class (cut short by a privy fire, thanks to Russell and his friend Charlie smoking buggy whip in the weeds) to the morning, some months later, when the superintendent of schools arrives to evaluate its teenaged teacher and her ragtag group of eight students. Peck provides a richly detailed rural setting, colorful characters -- including Tansy's two student-suitors and the anonymous local poet known as "The Sweet Singer of Sycamore Township" -- and a comic style in which laugh-out-loud incidents (the students try to rescue an obese neighbor who's fallen into a ditch) are further enhanced by Russell's deadpan narration ("Though Aunt Fanny Hamline outweighed the horse, with all eight of us and Tansy pushing the wagon and pulling on the rope and the horse straining and pawing the road, we showed some progress"). And beneath the humor there are clear emotional currents that make the final chapter, which recounts the later achievements of Tansy's scholars, particularly moving and well earned. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 March #4)
PW wrote in a starred review, "Following the tradition of Mark Twain, Peck gently pokes fun at social manners and captures local color while providing first-rate entertainment." Ages 8-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 November #1)
"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," begins Peck's (A Year Down Under) latest rural comedy, set in the "backwoodsiest corner of Indiana." Just before school starts in 1904, a "miracle" occurs for 15-year-old Russell Culver and his classmates at Hominy Ridge School: Miss Myrt Arbuckle, the schoolmarm ("she must have been forty... [and] past her prime"), suddenly drops dead. Russell has high hopes that the school board will close the one-room schoolhouse. But as luck would have it, his high-school-age sister, Tansy, is hired to take Miss Myrt's place. What follows is a series of hilarious episodes, colorfully narrated by Russell, which recount Tansy's trials and tribulations attempting to educate a motley crew of pupils and maintain some order. Tansy and her students survive a privy fire, an explosion inside the school, a run-in with a snake and threats from neighboring "Aunt" Fannie Hamline, who accuses the students of "trespassin' and stealin'." Events on their own are enough to keep readers in stitches, but Russell's pithy descriptions of characters ("[Miss Myrt] had a snout on her long enough to drink water down a crawdad hole") add another dimension of humor. Following the tradition of Mark Twain, Peck gently pokes fun at social manners and captures local color while providing first-rate entertainment. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 November)
Gr 6 Up-C'mon back to rural Indiana in 1904 and join 15-year-old Russell, whose summer ends with the unexpected death of old Miss Myrt Arbuckle. Russell and his younger brother are thrilled because just maybe the school board will decide to stop its foolishness and tear down the one-room schoolhouse. Surely it doesn't pay to hire a new teacher for the six students who attend. But to his utter horror, one is hired and it's none other than his extremely bossy older sister, even though she still has a year left of high school herself. Tansy takes to teaching with vigor and manages to circumvent all of the high jinx and calamities that threaten to undermine her authority, such as an accidental fire in the privy and a puff adder in her desk drawer. Peck expertly evokes humor and colloquial speech and mores with such sentences as "The water wasn't crotch-deep on a dwarf at that point," and "She had a snout on her long enough to drink water down a crawdad hole." Even readers who are blas‚ about current technological advances will be as excited as Russell is when he sees the steel Case Agitator threshing machine down from Wisconsin on its once-yearly exhibit, or the Overland Automobile Company's Bullet No. 2 racing car that can travel a mile in an unheard-of 43 seconds. Another gem from Peck-and a fabulous lead-in to titles such as Olive Burns's Cold Sassy Tree (Houghton, 1984).-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.