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The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts

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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 teache ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Dial (first published January 1st 2004)
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Serena!
Sì. Scelgo i libri dal titolo e quindi non potevo perdermi questo libro XD

Dopo l'ennesimo BEL libro che quasi sicuramente non vedremo mai in Italia ho preso una decisione: se un giorno diventerò sufficientemente ricca (diciamo anche schifosamente ricca.. Del genere che i dubbi esistenziali sono se prendere il sole in Brasile o alle Hawaii), aprirò una casa editrice che pubblicherà opere straniere che le nostre si sono fatte sfuggire, pubblicandole a prezzi irrisori..
E proporrò sicuramente questo
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Richard
This was a read-aloud book for the family and we all enjoyed it. Buckling under pressure I read it in my best Hoosier accent. The book was well written, humorous and understated. Like the characters on its pages the story makes no attempt to be more than it is and, therefore, becomes all the better.
Rita Crayon Huang
I just had the oddest experience. I read this book this week without realizing I'd read it before. This has sometimes happened with books that aren't very good (I block them out), but this book is great! And I hadn't forgotten it, exactly; all the details kept coming back to me about three pages in advance...so that I kept thinking I must have only had time to read PART of the book in the past but would soon get to where I didn't remember. But...nope. I got to the very end and even the final lin ...more
Heidi
A very enjoyable read. I felt I was just listening to a man tell a few anecdotes from his teen years about how the old teacher died, and how his sister worked to become the new teacher. I love the ol' hometown feel to the book. And the humor was honest, simple, and hilarious. All of it was realistic and nostalgic. I just really liked it. This is the second book I've read (listened to) by Peck. And I've noticed that they start out all right, then somewhere along the way I find myself completely e ...more
Miguel Marquez
If your teacher died would you go visit him or her.

This book is fiction because It didn't happen .The time period is in the 1900's and it in Indiana.The main character is Lloyd and Charles.Charles want to see his teacher at the funeral.But Llyod doesn't want to see his teacher.The type of Charles vs Llyod. the Llyod change by going to the funeral.I can relate to the character Llyod because he like this change his mind at the last second sometime that me i change my mind at the the last second.
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Chris
This book must be read out loud. The eulogy had me laughing so hard tears were pouring down my face.
Beverly Kennett
Russel Culver thinks his prayers are answered when the strict teacher in his one room schoolhouse, with barely enough students to keep it open, passess away in August. He hopes that the school will close, so he and his best friend can leave their fathers' farms in Indiana to travel to North Dakota, where the farms are much bigger and the equipment and farming methods much more modern. Unfortunately, Russel's older sister is hired to replace the teacher. His dreams of travel are shattered when so ...more
Madeeha (D-ha)
I thought this book was awesome! One time I was sitting in english and my english/ advisor asked me what book I was reading since it was a writing workshop. I told her I was reading the teacher's funeral and she freaked. I thought overall this book is amazing. I like how it's funny and it's basically about getting rid of a teacher but then getting a new one which sucks. This book really captures how students wish to get rid of their teachers but in reality the student doens't actually want to ki ...more
Terry
Young Reader Reaction: The tricks the kids pulled to trip up Tansy were hilarious. Also, I loved the trial the superintendents put Tansy and her students through and how they all came through with flying colors. They gave the school board much more than they were expecting to witness. There wasn’t much to dislike about this book, except some parts may have been a little too graphic, such as killing the pig and the fight between the two boys over Tansy’s affections. I would recommend this for fou ...more
Christian
It's been a while since I've read something by Peck. As usual, he doesn't disappoint with what I look for in his books. I like that he tells stories from an earlier time, that he brings value to simpler lives. There is no grand plot that must be resolved in this book. The characters don't have grand flaws. Instead, you get a book with likable characters and you get to see a slice of their lives. In this instance, it's Russell's dreams for his future and his sister's efforts to become a good teac ...more
Jennytang
I like the beginning. However, the ending is weird and the author didn't tell us everything he foreshadowed.
Patti
Thanks to a cold rain storm today, I sat by my warm fire and finished “The Teacher’s Funeral A Comedy in Three Parts”, a not-so-long book from one of my favorite authors, Richard Peck. A solid 4 1/2 stars from me!

Despite the curious and ironic title, it falls closely behind a couple of my All-Time Favorites by Peck: “A Long Way From Chicago” (Newbery Honor Award); and “A Year Down Yonder” (Newbery Award Winner). Both a couple of the funniest books I have ever read!

Set in small town Indiana duri
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Allen
The first half was really enjoyable, so I thought this book was heading for a solid 4 stars. And then came the second half of the book.

I'll admit, that as a BIG education proponent, I loved the book. However, for me, what really raised it to 5 stars was the the incredible wit of Richard Peck. I actually laughed out loud in parts. Plus, you get a nice bonus of rich understanding in the last paragraph in the book.

It was just great.
Natalie
I loved it! It made me laugh out loud. My husband heard me laugh so often that he had to listen to the audio CD edition as well. Then I would hear him laughing and would have to run to see which part he was hearing. Highly recommended!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What happens when the teacher dies just before school opens?
A boy learns the problems and benefits to having his sister teach the one-room school in 1904 Indiana.
Sharon
Oh my word.

The opening paragraph (which I read at work) had me in stitches...
It doesn't take much to read this book with a Tennessee accent (they tell you that right off) and therein lies half the laughter.
There is plenty to say about this story, it's set in 1909, the womenfolk are tougher than you might think and the boys more gullible than you might imagine.

This was awesome enough, I think I'm going to round up a couple more copies and force my friends to read parts with me...or make them li
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Lotte
This should be read out loud with your children so you can all enjoy some good laughs together!
Becky
A cute, funny book. Very well written. It made me remember my first year of teaching.
Becky
The Teacher's Funeral is my favorite, favorite, favorite Richard Peck novel. It is one of my favorite historical fiction books. I loved the humor. I loved the writing--the narration. One humorous incident after another, just more and more to love. I also loved the characters. I loved Russell, the narrator. I loved his sister, Tansy. I loved their Dad who was oh-so-wise. I loved Charlie, Russell's best friend, and it was fun to see Glenn Tarbox as well. I was cheering for him through the book! Bu ...more
Jocelyn
This was a great book. Set in Indiana in 1904, Russel's one-room school teacher dies at the beginning of the book, a teacher who no one really mourns. The book is all about the events in Russel's life surrounding and following his teacher's death.

This book is filled with quirky characters and schoolroom (and outside of schoolroom) shenanigans. I loved the relationship between Russel and his sister, Tansy. I think what I loved most of all was the quiet father. He doesn't receive a lot of focus in
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April
It’s 1904, the end of a sizzling summer in a small backwoods town in Indiana. Fifteen year old Russell Culver longs to head off to the wheat-fields of the Dakotas to join the teams of harvesters there. His dream is just out of reach because he still can’t pass the eighth-grade graduation exam. But an unexpected miracle occurs…his teacher passes away a few days before school starts. He, his younger brother Lloyd, and his best friend Charlie Parr hope against hope that the one-room Hominy Ridge Sc ...more
Jazmine
Jun 23, 2014 Jazmine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
Recommended to Jazmine by: My Nana
Spoiler alert! 15 year old, Russell Culver, dreams of the Dakotas where he hopes to join a team of harvesters working the new 1904 all-steel threshing machines. In August, his teacher dies. Now, maybe his school, Hominy Ridge, will shut down, but no, his older sister Tansy takes charge. Though the school house is wrecked and supplies are stolen she makes sure it is in tip top shape. The boy’s privy burns, snakes are everywhere, and it seems like all is lost, Tansy always works it out. Glenn, Cha ...more
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Kurt's Rating: 4 Stars

Russell Culver is 15 years old and lives in rural Indiana in the early 1900s. He lives for the annual showcase of new, mechanized farm equipment that arrives each year on the train with all of the pomp and production of a circus. He dreams of running off with his friend Charlie to South Dakota to work in the fields and earn gobs of money. He does not live for school. During summer vacation he and his schoolmates learn of the death of thei
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Sherry
Many of Richard Peck's novels read easy and read across generations. I'd say this one is for ages 11 to adult. There's a comfortable depth to his settings and characterization that settles in on page one. Each of the characters in "The Teacher's Funeral" possess endearing qualities. What is wonderfully charming and singularly praiseworthy about Peck is that he is able to bring the element of surprise to his characterization, that is to say his story progresses to reveal things about each charact ...more
Kellie Wagner
Given the time of year, where schoolwork begins to pile up for a teacher, I must have been in the mood for this teacher comedy when I picked it up. It takes place in 1904 within a one-room schoolhouse, so the method of school is obviously much different, but I found myself laughing at the main character's thoughts. "If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it."

Since the schoolteacher dies the day before classes resume, the students are crossing their fingers for the year
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Kit
I have to say I don't think I'm the target audience for this book, seeing as how I am not a fan of (a) the country; (b) nostalgia. I must have inherited the attitude of my grandmother, who said before her death, "I've ridden in a covered wagon and I've ridden in a 747. I liked the 747 better."

I also don't think kids are the target audience for this book, despite the fact that the narrator, Russell, is fifteen, and the cast of characters features kids as young as Little Britches, six. On the othe
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Joseph
A delightful read that really brings you both to the time and the place: early 20th century rural Indiana. Complete with buggy's, fireflies, corn-husking, and a one-room schoolhouse whose existence is threatened by the untimely death of the spinster school teacher, this story carries a tempo appropriate for the country and a humor that is really quite clever. And, to add to it, one of the best scenes in American literature, when the school receives as a gift a brand new, regulation baseball:

"Our
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MCBannnon
The Teacher's Funeral:A Comedy in Three Parts........190 pages
author: Richard Peck

Summary: Russell's worst nightmare is school and his teacher, Miss Myrt but when she dies his older sister, Tansy, takes over.

pg. 161 p.1
"The days grew shorter, along with Tansy's temper. By now, we knew way more than we wanted to. We could tell you the capitals of countries nobody had ever heard of, and their principal exports. Even those of us whose mouths moved when we were reading our own names knew the multipl
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Cindy
Russell Culver thinks it's a miracle at first - his meaner-than-a-snake schoolteacher drops dead right before school is ready to start. But it turns out that it's not the blessing he thought it would be. Who takes the teacher's place but his own bossy big sister Tansy? And since she's in charge, she's not about to take any lip from her younger brothers.

He has to admit that she's working hard for her pay. She even visits the trashy Tarbox clan, trying to get one extra student for the school which
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Libby Ames
When the town’s teacher dies a few days before the school year begins, Russell Culver claims miracles do happen. However, he soon wishes for his old teacher when his older sister Tansy takes on the challenge of the one-room school house. Tansy is a stern taskmaster as she tries to turn eight backwoods country kids into educated students. While the younger kids challenge Tansy’s authority, the older boys fight for a chance to court her. Russell is caught in the middle of it all, wishing he could ...more
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

Richard
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