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The Teacher's Funeral  by Richard Peck
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Jul 16, 2010

really liked it

Teton County Library Call No: J PECK
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 their teacher, and they dream that is will take some time to replace her. After all, who would want to take over teaching so few students in their out of the way town in a simple, one room schoolhouse? Unfortunately for Russell, the answer is his older sister, Tansy. He suffers under her tutelage as she treats him like any other student. He cannot react to her like any other teacher, however, as they still live under the same roof with their parents. His father, especially, makes him respect his sister in her new role.

Russell has many adventures during the school year and his academic endeavors are stretched as his sister tries new teaching methods on all of the students, who are a rather mismatched bunch in both background and age. Russell comes to grudgingly respect the efforts of his sister and even root for her as she tries to earn her provisionary teachers certificate (she is only 17!)

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