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The Teacher's Funeral

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,100 Ratings  ·  629 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Regina There may be some implied swearing but it does not ever say a swea4 word. No sex
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Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-purchase, kids, fun
What a lovely book. I put it on my to read list a long time ago because of a review I read somewhere but never seemed to find it in he bookstores in UK or US/Canada. Ordered it online finally I think 2nd hand. I usually read the heavier darker books but it is great to read a book which is warm, funny, set in the 1904s about two young brothers living at their fathers farm and growing up... with their 17 year old sister Tansy the freshly appointed school teacher when the old one, Miss Myrt Arbuckl ...more
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
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book must be read out loud. The eulogy had me laughing so hard tears were pouring down my face.
Rita Crayon Huang
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book aloud to my children and I would sometimes laugh so hard that I couldn't go on for a minute or two. Seriously, Richard Peck is hilarious. I love his books and I love to read them to my kids, but this one just really tickled my funny bone. I don't know if I would have found it to be as funny if I'd read it to myself silently. But hearing those lines out loud just compounded the funny.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, eng_2014
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely prefer A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, but this one was still good. I didn't find it particularly funny but Peck's style and way of incorporating characters makes a lovely read.
Michael Fitzgerald
Yet another of those "boys back in the old days" books. It's not bad, but I think I'd like to find the best one or two of this type and skip the rest. There is quite a bit of overlap in various predicaments, pranks, etc.
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.
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
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Life in rural, backwoods Indiana in 1904 has its trials and tribulations for the students at Hominy Ridge School. A one room school of eight grades.

When Miss Myrt Arbuckle suddenly drops dead during the summer break in August, the kids get their hopes up of the school closing and freedom from learning. The school board has other ideas and hires Tansy Culver as the new teacher. She may not have her certificate for teaching and still be in high school, but she is determined to get the kids to lear
Madeeha (D-ha)
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Dixie Goode
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well, "if your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it" but the characters in this funny novel soon find out that a dead teacher in August is not a guarantee that school is out indefinitely. With a light hearted hand, Richard Peck tells the story of some 1940's children and their hope for escape from an education. The Teacher they end up getting, isn't the answer to their prayers and life changes fast. This book is a quick, delightful read that reminded me a lot of "the Ninja
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Love Richard Peck's writing. Feel I am there where most people still use horse and buggy for transport and a car is a special thing to see. Loved all the games the kids played on the teacher especially when the teacher was the older sister of two of the kids. Tough to deal with. Funny and old time feel like Little House books and show but with some autos!! read three hours for summer reading program
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, comedy
Another great book by Richard Peck. While not quite as wonderful as A Long Way from Chicago or A Year Down Yonder, it takes place in the same kind of old-timey small-town in the Midwest, with plenty of shenanigans and humor. Very good read.
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.
I really wanted to finish this book so I will not have any abandoned books, but it turned out to be a pretty good book! I don't what it was about the book, but I liked it.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Richard Peck! Ever since "The Day No Pigs Would Die" as a girl, and his books just keep getting funnier, and yet just as touching.
Kenzie M
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one!!!
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a cute and humorous read about a little schoolhouse in Indiana at the turn of the century.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
I like the beginning. However, the ending is weird and the author didn't tell us everything he foreshadowed.
Kim Piddington
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book-not only as a reader, but as a writer. Great mentor text for character building!
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be read out loud with your children so you can all enjoy some good laughs together!
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“Why she hankered to be a teacher, I couldn't tell you. But she had chalk dust in her veins, and she deserved to get that certificate. It was only fair.” 4 likes
“I seen but little of this world,
Except my corner of it;
The city never drew me,
For I knew I could not love it.

What I loved best was watching
The garden getting ripe
And a pouch of sweet tobacco
And my old cob pipe.

What I loved best was a harvest moon
Before a frosty morn
And lamplight in the barn lot
And them long, straight rows of corn.

I was plain and country;
That's where it starts and ends,
But nobody loved her family more,
Or treasured more her friends.

I loved the changing seasons,
And looking for life's reasons,
And honey in the comb,
and home.”
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